Samuel L. Jackson attends the 7th Annual 'Freeing Voices, Changing Lives' Benefit Gala at Tribeca Rooftop on June 3, 2013 in New York City

Samuel L. Jackson attends the 7th Annual ‘Freeing Voices, Changing Lives’ Benefit Gala at Tribeca Rooftop on June 3, 2013 in New York City

*Apparently Samuel L. Jackson needs to say “motherf–ker” as much as audiences want him to.

In a speech at last night’s American Institute for Stuttering gala, Jackson revealed that the swear word wards off a stutter he has been battling since his childhood in Tennessee. Audiences may have thought that Jackson simply had an unusual affinity for using the word, but apparently “motherf–ker” saved his life.

When New York Magazine pressed Jackson to confirm the “stutter swear” anecdote from his speech, he claimed he still says “motherf–ker” every single day under his breath as a sort of daily affirmation.