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'Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet'
Daily Mail ^ | 04/17/2013 | By HUGO GYE and DAVID GARDNER

Posted on 04/17/2013 7:21:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

* 0.7% of all English spoken language is swearing

* Many children learn swear words before the alphabet

* Bad language dates to Romans and Anglo-Saxons

Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and its origins.

English speakers also use a curse word on average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the first person plural pronouns such as ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our.’

The surprising preponderance of swearing in everyday language probably explains why the majority of children know at least one obscene word by the age of two, says language expert Dr. Mellissa Mohr, from Stanford University in California.

It really ‘kicks off’, she adds, around the ages of three and four.

She claims that over an average day around 0.7 per cent of English language consists of swear words.

In her new book, ‘Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing,’ Dr. Mohr claims the upper classes are just as likely to turn the air blue as less educated working class people.

The group least likely to use swear words, says the researcher, is the middle class.

‘This goes back to the Victorian era idea that you get control over your language and your deportment, which indicates that you are a proper, good person and this is a sign of your morality and awareness of social rules,' she said.

‘Aristocrats have a secure position in society, so they can say whatever they want — and may even make a show of doing so,’ she adds.

Dr. Mohr said her book sets out to correct some misconceptions people have about swearing.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Education; Society
KEYWORDS: alphabet; children; swearing
Is it true that the common four letter 'F' word is an acronym from hundreds of years ago in England?

Fornication Under the Consent of the King?
1 posted on 04/17/2013 7:21:48 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

No that is not true.


2 posted on 04/17/2013 7:25:07 AM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I coached baseball at a local high school for three seasons. There are two or three kids I never heard a single cuss word from. The others are lost causes.


3 posted on 04/17/2013 7:27:56 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind

As a parent, I am f$#$’in outraged!


4 posted on 04/17/2013 7:28:28 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: SeekAndFind
* Bad language dates to Romans and Anglo-Saxons

Because the Greeks, Babylonians, Egyptians and Neanderthals all had clean mouths and clean minds.

5 posted on 04/17/2013 7:28:29 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (Choose one: the yellow and black flag of the Tea Party or the white flag of the Republican Party.)
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To: SeekAndFind

The source of the word comes from a German word, I believe.


6 posted on 04/17/2013 7:29:09 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: SeekAndFind
* 0.7% of all English spoken language is swearing

Depends on how recalcitrant the mechanical object being worked on is. Sometimes, that ratio can climb to 50%.

/johnny

7 posted on 04/17/2013 7:29:22 AM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: SeekAndFind

8 posted on 04/17/2013 7:29:31 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: onedoug
I lived in Tennessee for five or six years, and only heard the 'f' word once...that was when LSU intercepted a Tennessee pass late in the 4th during an important game. SHE wasn't very happy.

I go outside my residence here in Red Hampshire, and I can hear the 'f' word (and all its companion words) coming from the neighbor's property all day long, from younger children up to 'adults'

9 posted on 04/17/2013 7:31:19 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Do you have to use so many cuss words?

10 posted on 04/17/2013 7:33:39 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: SeekAndFind

‘This goes back to the Victorian era idea that you get control over your language and your deportment, which indicates that you are a proper, good person and this is a sign of your morality and awareness of social rules,’ she said.

&&&
Well, this lady still happens to believe this. So disgusted by the prevalence of bad language, and I am on a personal crusade.


11 posted on 04/17/2013 7:38:53 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Restore us, O God of hosts; let your face shine, that we may be saved! -Ps80)
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To: SeekAndFind
On a Walmart parking lot a few months ago, we were astonished when a small girl of maybe 5 shouted at her toddler sibling "don't touch my sh*t you f*cking b*tch!!" Her mother, who was present, did not react in any way.
12 posted on 04/17/2013 7:42:05 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: dfwgator
RE: The source of the word comes from a German word, I believe.

Well, there is a city in Austria with that name. They haven't changed it as far as I can tell.

It is spelled the way we spell it but it is pronounced in German as: [ˈfʊkɪŋ], rhymes with "booking"

See this Wikipedia link
13 posted on 04/17/2013 7:43:30 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Swearing is a sign of moral degeneration. A person who regularly swears, is frankly, degenerate.


14 posted on 04/17/2013 7:50:10 AM PDT by vpintheak (Occupy your Mind!)
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To: who knows what evil?

When I was growing up, my dad hardly ever used a cuss word, but when he did, it was serious. It made you take notice.

For me, when I was in college, I used to swear a lot. Since then, not so much, to the point when I referred to someone as a “smart-ass”, my wife gave me a surprised and disappointed look.

However, certain people and situations sure do tax my ability to keep it in check...


15 posted on 04/17/2013 7:51:05 AM PDT by kosciusko51 (Enough of "Who is John Galt?" Who is Patrick Henry?)
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To: SeekAndFind

“Well, sonabich!”

A direct quote from my niece when she was about 4 years old.


16 posted on 04/17/2013 7:53:54 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

Mother to Friend “I’m so excited! Today little Trayvon just said his first half word!”


17 posted on 04/17/2013 7:54:29 AM PDT by MNDude (Have you ever noticed how many hate filled atheists there are on the Internet?)
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To: jboot
Yes, its horrible.

When my daughter was 7 she told us about a horrible word that was said that day at school. We braced ourselves and asked her which word it was. “The ‘S’ word.” she said hesitantly.

I thought I should discuss it with her, but just before I used the word myself, I asked her, “Which ‘S’ word dear.” She looked at me and said, “Stupid”. I smiled.

Now she is 15 and I think I've heard her say the real “S” word twice, but no other profanity. The "F" word or God's name in vain would result in some bad consequences for her.

Children learn curse words from their parents mainly, until they are older. My father was extremely profane on a regular basis and I picked up the habit. When I was in high-school I began trying to clean up my act and by the time I was in college I rarely if ever cursed. I have my own personal standard of allowing the very rare crude word (dealing with excrement), but not other words that I consider profane or vulgar.

18 posted on 04/17/2013 7:55:49 AM PDT by SampleMan (Feral Humans are the refuse of socialism.)
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To: SeekAndFind
This story remind me of something that happened a while back in the local Wal-Mart. There was a little kid who couldn't have any more than 3 riding in cart being pushed by his mother. They were passing the Nintendo display in electronics. The kid starts yelling, “I want to play TV game!” The mom ignores him and keeps on walking. he yells even louder “I WANT TO PLAY TV GAME!!!” the mom ignored him again. then he bellows at the top of his lungs, loud enough for half the store to hear “I WANT TO PLAY G-D D-MN TV GAME!!!” I probably should have been appalled, but I had to duck down an aisle I was laughing so hard...
19 posted on 04/17/2013 8:02:46 AM PDT by apillar
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To: onedoug
I don't have a serious problem with cursing. I know the tune AND the melody, and can impress the most seasoned CPO.

That being said, when cursing is done frequently, it loses its power. Therefore, other than an excited utterance (@#$@#$!! I just slammed my finger in the door!!) ... I try to only use cursing as an attention-getter, or to drive home a point.

Case in point...I rarely curse at work. The workplace is not a lockerroom. Therefore, when @#%#$@%% comes out of my mouth on the job, it gets people's attention immediately.

Which is why I do it.

20 posted on 04/17/2013 8:04:26 AM PDT by wbill
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To: SampleMan

I did not hear any profanity until I was 11 or so. But I didn’t dare to use it at home! Blasphemy on the other hand, I picked up when I was maybe 3 from listening to our neighbor rant at the TV. He was pathologically incapable of forming a sentence without inserting a “GD” or a “JC”. A very sound spanking cured me for life.


21 posted on 04/17/2013 8:04:33 AM PDT by jboot (It can happen here because it IS happening here.)
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To: wbill

A wise man once told me “profanity is the crutch of the inarticulate mother#@&er.”


22 posted on 04/17/2013 8:08:46 AM PDT by SoothingDave
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To: dfwgator
The source of the word comes from a German word, I believe.

Decades ago, I read 'it' was from Scandinavian/Norwegian.
23 posted on 04/17/2013 8:09:51 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

One of my daughters didn’t know what the F word was until high school. She does have speech problems, but she just did n’t hear us at home using that kind of language.


24 posted on 04/17/2013 8:10:09 AM PDT by luckystarmom
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To: SeekAndFind

****‘This goes back to the Victorian era idea that you get control over your language and your deportment, which indicates that you are a proper, good person and this is a sign of your morality and awareness of social rules,’ she said. ***

Back in the early 1960s anyone using coarse language in certain social gatherings like a dance would be taken out back and “taught” some manners.

No one yelled “bull s#!t while at a C&W dance as they started doing back in the 1970s.

By the mid 1960s the college radicals began to do all they could to debase the English language and make vulgarity common.

Before 1968, movies were very safe for kids, even adult oriented plots were safe. Then after the murder of Bobby Kennedy, the movie industry said they would “police themselves”. What came out was the most violent, vile language movies ever made.

It is worse today which is why I rarely go to movies, or even watch them on pay TV.

If a person came into my house and used that type of language they would be shown the door. So why should I allow a movie in my home that does the same?


25 posted on 04/17/2013 8:12:51 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: SeekAndFind

Well, they do if they watch American television.


26 posted on 04/17/2013 8:15:20 AM PDT by Mr. Jeeves (CTRL-GALT-DELETE)
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To: SeekAndFind

No (eyes rolls )


27 posted on 04/17/2013 8:18:03 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: SampleMan
My father was extremely profane on a regular basis and I picked up the habit.

My father was the same way, an old WW II vet and career military man, he could let out a string of profanity that would make a bartender blush. I remember him to this day working on the old car with a Cigarette hanging out of his mouth, cussing to high heavens. I've been told that shortly after I learned to talk I could imitate one of his profane rants to a "t". He thought it was hilarious...until I started doing it out in public... I guess between that and mom's complaining, it finally convinced him to stop cussing...or at least try to keep it PG rated, which he was pretty good at, unless he was really angry.

28 posted on 04/17/2013 8:18:39 AM PDT by apillar
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To: luckystarmom

My friend (a preacher) told us his little boy came home from his first day at school. He asked HIS MOTHER “Mom, what does “M**********r mean?”

His mom cried to her husband...”Of all cuss words, Why did it have to be THAT word!”


29 posted on 04/17/2013 8:19:52 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Do we now register our pressure cookers?)
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To: wbill
when cursing is done frequently, it loses its power.

True

30 posted on 04/17/2013 8:22:08 AM PDT by RedMonqey ("Gun-free zones" equal "Target-rich environment.")
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To: SoothingDave

College Professor Arrested Amid Profanity-Laced Rant Against Pro-Life Students’ Display

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/3008851/posts


31 posted on 04/17/2013 8:30:57 AM PDT by TurboZamboni (Marx smelled bad & lived with his parents most his life.)
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To: who knows what evil?

My mom called it a lack of vocabulary.


32 posted on 04/17/2013 8:32:01 AM PDT by onedoug
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To: SeekAndFind
In her new book, ‘Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing,’ Dr. Mohr claims the upper classes are just as likely to turn the air blue as less educated working class people.

%#**&## Yes, I can swear, too. (But I try not to. We have a swearing jar and we put in $1 in it for every swear. Yes even me and wife does, too.)

33 posted on 04/17/2013 8:32:13 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Rand Paul/Ben Carson should be the 2016 Ticket!)
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To: SoothingDave

I tell my kids the same, (using slightly different words).


34 posted on 04/17/2013 8:35:44 AM PDT by jaydubya2
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To: MNDude
Mother to Friend “I’m so excited! Today little Trayvon just said his first half word!”

Ms. Martin??

35 posted on 04/17/2013 8:36:37 AM PDT by ExCTCitizen (Rand Paul/Ben Carson should be the 2016 Ticket!)
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To: luckystarmom

I try not to use bad language, but sometimes one just slips out. Like when Zero says or does something jarringly stupid, or when hearing terrible news like from Boston on Monday.


36 posted on 04/17/2013 8:37:34 AM PDT by darkangel82
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To: SeekAndFind

That’s because they are pissed about something.


37 posted on 04/17/2013 8:42:20 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: SeekAndFind

Does cursing include damn and hell? Does context rule? I remember as a small boy I used to pronounce helicopter HEE-LE-O-COPTER, because hell was a “bad” word!


38 posted on 04/17/2013 8:51:17 AM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed &water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: SeekAndFind

It would be nice if freerepublic was socially conservative enough to not accept cussing, especially to the extent that it is done here.


39 posted on 04/17/2013 8:51:20 AM PDT by ansel12 (The lefts most effective position-I'm libertarian on social issues, but conservative on economics.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Statement: "'Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet'"

Response: From what I have seen and heard, in say restaurants, over the airwaves(penis and testicles being local favorites)movies and television it is fair to state that our society has coarsened.

40 posted on 04/17/2013 9:08:32 AM PDT by AEMILIUS PAULUS (It is a shame that when these people give a riot)
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To: wbill

You might get more attention and surprise a lot of people if you use a four syllable word instead of a four letter word.


41 posted on 04/17/2013 10:29:39 AM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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To: KarlInOhio

Or more likely they just didn’t have the concept of bad words. The most important element in cursing is designating some words as dirty and wrong for some audiences, without that it’s not possible to have impolite speech.


42 posted on 04/17/2013 10:36:24 AM PDT by discostu (Not just another moon faced assassin of joy.)
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To: lonestar
surprise a lot of people if you use a four syllable word

So...are you saying that I don't know many four syllable words? ;-)

43 posted on 04/17/2013 1:24:43 PM PDT by wbill
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To: wbill
Are you trying to make me remember what I was saying?

Curses!

:)

44 posted on 04/17/2013 5:40:16 PM PDT by lonestar (It takes a village of idiots to elect a village idiot.)
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