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  • Cursing near play area could be costly

    05/19/2014 2:59:28 PM PDT · by Darren McCarty · 34 replies
    Livingston Daily ^ | 5-19-2014 | Jim Totten
    Swear in downtown Brighton near the Imagination Station playground, and there’s a good chance you’ll be getting a ticket. Colin Andersen learned this lesson the hard way. Upset that his friend had been ticketed for skateboarding in downtown Brighton and told to leave, Andersen said he was simply venting when he said, “This is f------ bull----.” The 19-year-old Brighton resident was hanging out with his friends on a sunny April day in a parking lot next to the pavilion and Imagination Station; Andersen said he swore under his breath and no children heard him. However, a Brighton Police Department officer...
  • Swearing toddler in Omaha police union video taken into protective custody

    01/09/2014 2:27:12 AM PST · by Libloather · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 1/09/14
    OMAHA, Neb. – A toddler who was cursed at and encouraged to curse in a video posted online has been placed in protective custody, Omaha police announced Wednesday. In a news release, police said that four children, including the toddler from the video that was posted by the police union, were removed from the home. The union has faced criticism for posting the video on its website.
  • ...on the day of judgment: A Reflection on the Sin of Gossip

    09/21/2011 8:43:49 PM PDT · by Salvation · 14 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | 09-21-11 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    "But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken….” A Reflection on the Sin of GossipBy: Msgr. Charles Pope One of the more under-rated categories of sin are the sins of speech. There are many ways we sin, but perhaps the most common way is by speech. Too easily, almost without thought, do we engage in gossip, idle chatter, lies, exaggerations, harsh attacks, uncharitable observations and remarks. With our tongue we can spread hatred, incite fear and maliciousness, spread misinformation, cause temptation, discourage, teach error,...
  • Lord, Keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth: Common Sins of Speech

    07/09/2013 1:47:55 PM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies
    Archdiocese of Washington ^ | July 8, 2013 | Msgr. Charles Pope
    One of the greatest gifts of the Human person is the capacity to speak. It is also one of our greatest weaknesses. The Book of James says,We all stumble in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say is perfect!, able to keep their whole body in check. When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, and thus we can turn the whole animal. Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever...
  • Why Not a ‘Foul-Mouthed’ Pastor? Should pastors swear to be more "real" and "relevant"?

    11/17/2013 7:36:15 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Pajamas Media ^ | 11/16/2013 | Walter Hudson
    The closest a Christian comes to hearing the literal voice of God is when their familiarity with scripture evokes verses in answer to life’s queries. For instance, when confronted with the Washington Post’s profile of “tatted up, foul-mouthed” Lutheran minister Nadia Bolz-Weber, something like 2 Timothy 4:3-4 comes to mind: For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions, and will turn away from listening to the truth and wander off into myths. The Post provides little from Bolz-Weber which passes for...
  • New Jersey Ranks Third in %&!#@ing Survey

    05/20/2013 12:14:46 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Patch.com ^ | May 17, 2013 | Joseph M. Gerace
    Third place? We couldn’t do better than #&@$ing third place? New Jersey residents were beaten out by Ohio and Maryland in a survey ranking individuals most likely to drop swear words on a complete stranger during a phone conversation. On the flip side, analysis by the Marchex Institute found that Washington, Massachusetts and Arizona topped the list of state residents least likely to lose their cool. …
  • 'Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet'

    04/17/2013 7:21:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 43 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/17/2013 | By HUGO GYE and DAVID GARDNER
    * 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...
  • Al Qaeda in Iraq, Al Nusrah Front ( Syria) emerge as rebranded single entity

    04/10/2013 6:05:19 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 13 replies
    The Long War Journal ^ | April 9, 2013 | Thomas Joscelyn
    Image that accompanied Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's audiotape announcing the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant. The flag was originally al Qaeda in Iraq's banner, but has been adopted by other al Qaeda affiliated and associated groups. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The emir of al Qaeda in Iraq (AQI), Abu Bakr al Baghdadi (also known as Abu Dua), has announced a new brand for his organization's efforts: the "Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant." The new name replaces all previous brands used by al Qaeda's affiliates in Iraq and Syria, including the...
  • Dana Milbank: Future Scholars Will Be Shocked By Number of F-bombs Dropped By This White House

    03/10/2013 11:09:00 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 46 replies
    Dana Milbank: Future Scholars Will Be Shocked By Number of F-bombs Dropped By This White House By Noel Sheppard Created 03/10/2013 - 1:45pm The Washington Post's Dana Milbank made an interesting observation Sunday about the vulgarity prominent in the current presidential administration. Appearing on CNN's Reliable Sources, Milbank said, "The number of F-bombs being dropped by this White House, scholars are going to look in the national archives in 20 or 30 years and they're going to be shocked by the language that was coming out of this place" (video follows with transcript and commentary): HOWARD KURTZ, HOST: Is there...
  • Brennan Takes Oath on Draft Constitution— Without Bill of Rights

    03/08/2013 4:47:17 PM PST · by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America · 54 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | March 08, 2013 | Olivier Knox
    Oh, dear. This is probably not the symbolism the White House wanted. Hours after CIA Director John Brennan took the oath of office—behind closed doors, far away from the press, perhaps befitting his status as America's top spy—the White House took pains to emphasize the symbolism of the ceremony. “There's one piece of this that I wanted to note for you,” spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters at their daily briefing. “Director Brennan was sworn in with his hand on an original draft of the Constitution that had George Washington's personal handwriting and annotations on it, dating from 1787.” Earnest said...
  • Swearing can help relieve pain, study claims

    04/18/2011 3:39:10 PM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4/18/11 | Staff
    Scientists from Keele University found that letting forth a volley of foul language can have a powerful painkilling effect, especially for people who do not normally use expletives. To test the theory, student volunteers placed their hands in a bucket of ice cold water while swearing repeatedly. They then repeated the exercise but, instead of swearing, used a harmless phrase instead. Researchers found that the students were able to keep their hands submerged in the icy water for longer when repeating the swear word - establishing a link between swearing and an increase in pain tolerance.
  • Taking The Lord's Name In Vain (NPR)

    07/02/2010 1:23:58 PM PDT · by Drango · 19 replies · 1+ views
    NPR ^ | 7/2/10 | Alicia Shepard
    Taking the Lord’s name in vain does not go over well in some households, particularly in the South. In a June 23 story about Tom Cruise’s new action movie, Knight and Day, Morning Edition host Steve Inskeep was discussing the “Superstar” crisis in Hollywood as Cruise ages out of that category. Tom Cruise, it seems, is no longer ultra-cool. But that isn’t what lit up the phone lines at NPR member station, PBA in Atlanta, GA. It was a brief clip of Cruise satirically playing a profane movie mogul at the recent MTV movie awards. Grossman/Cruise used God’s name to...
  • I Want My Effin’ MTV (MTV music award show)

    06/07/2010 3:25:23 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies · 74+ views
    Culture and Media Institute ^ | 6-7-10 | Nathan Burchfiel
    Music’ network’s movie award show features 100 swears in 122 minutes. "“Ready to make the censors’ ears bleed?” That’s how Anna Kendrick summed up MTV’s attitude toward decency June 6 during the network’s annual Movie Awards broadcast. It wasn’t just the censors who endured a two-hour swear-fest. The television audience had the pleasure of hearing 30 percent of the vulgarities uttered throughout the night. A Culture and Media Institute review found the 122-minute show littered with at least 100 bleep-worthy words – that’s more than one per minute not including commercials. The network’s censors caught 70 curses. They included 47...
  • What's with all the @#%! language? (Where's the Expletive Expletive Barf Alert, you ask?)

    10/12/2009 9:46:54 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 20 replies · 989+ views
    Politico.com ^ | 10/12/09 | Kenneth P. Vogel
    President Barack Obama called rap star Kanye West “a jackass.” Vice President Joe Biden told a senator to “Gimme a f—-ing break!” Economic adviser Christina Romer declared that Americans had yet to have their "holy s—-” moment over the economy. Those who pay attention to political rhetoric say an unusual amount of profanity has emanated from this White House – even without counting famously colorful White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel. But before this statement becomes fodder for yet another partisan debate (with conservatives saying Obama is disgracing the presidency, and liberals that the media are once again being...
  • Out of Motrin? Try Swearing!

    08/06/2009 10:56:58 AM PDT · by ChocChipCookie · 14 replies · 643+ views
    Dr. Weil email ^ | August 5, 2009 | Dr. Weil
    Swearing may actually reduce the pain of, say, slicing your finger with a kitchen knife or accidentally banging your toes or your head. New research from Britain’s Keele University shows that when you let loose with a few four-letter words after these commonplace injuries, you can ease the discomfort. For the study, the investigators asked 64 volunteers to immerse their hands in a tub of ice water for as long as possible while repeating their favorite swear word. Then, they were asked to repeat the experiment but to choose a word that they would use to describe a table. The...
  • Cop Arrests Girl for Swearing During 911 Call

    05/08/2009 9:59:47 AM PDT · by BGHater · 133 replies · 4,019+ views
    YouTube ^ | 07 May 2009 | Steve Wilson
    Action News 7 | Lincoln Park, Michigan, cop hangs up on girl while father has convulsions. Worth a View. Cop Arrests Girl for Swearing During 911 Call[Video]
  • Obama Sworn In Again, With Right Words (No Bible Used)

    01/22/2009 5:35:08 AM PST · by icwhatudo · 37 replies · 1,816+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Thursday, January 22, 2009 | Michael D. Shear
    In golf, they call it a mulligan. A do-over. There's no formal name for what President Obama and Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. did last night. After flubbing his one role on Inauguration Day -- administering the oath of office to Obama -- Roberts traveled to the White House to re-administer the oath. Just to make sure. "We decided it was so much fun . . .," Obama joked while sitting on a couch in the Map Room. Obama stood and walked over to make small talk with pool reporters as Roberts donned his black robe. "Are you ready...
  • 'SO HELP ME GOD': Stenehjem backs words in Obama's swearing-in oath

    01/09/2009 2:58:22 PM PST · by shielagolden · 7 replies · 1,044+ views
    grandforksherald.com ^ | Friday, January 09, 2009 | Dale Wetzel
    'SO HELP ME GOD': Stenehjem backs words in Obama's swearing-in oath Dale Wetzel, Associated Press Published Friday, January 09, 2009 BISMARCK, N.D. Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem is opposing a federal lawsuit that seeks to block Chief Justice John Roberts from saying, "So help me God," when he concludes the Jan. 20 swearing in of Barack Obama as president. North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem (Herald file photo by John Stennes) RELATED CONTENT Article comments (13) A group of atheists filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia last month, contending Roberts would violate the U.S. Constitution's...
  • Turk barber faces execution for swearing

    04/14/2008 12:59:38 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 10 replies · 192+ views
    Turkish Daily News ^ | April 12, 2008 | Ali GÜLERYÜZ
    A Turkish barber accused of swearing at God is sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia, with his family back in Turkey calling on authorities to intervene. Sabri BoÄźday from the southern Hatay province went to Jeddah in Saudi Arabia 11 years ago and opened a barbershop. According to reports, BoÄźday argued with his neighbor, an Egyptian tailor, and was arrested after the tailor told the police that he had sworn at God. While BoÄźday has been in prison for the past 13 months, the Egyptian who made the allegation has disappeared. When he was sentenced to death in the last...
  • St. Louis-area town proposal would ban swearing in bars

    01/08/2008 4:16:08 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 29 replies · 182+ views
    Star Tribune ^ | January 8, 2008 | AP Staff
    What the ...? A St. Louis-area town is considering a bill that would ban swearing in bars, along with table-dancing, drinking contests and profane music. City officials contend the bill is needed to keep rowdy crowds under control because the historic downtown area gets a little too lively on some nights. City Councilman Richard Veit said he was prompted to propose the bill after complaints about bad bar behavior. He says it will give police some rules to enforce when things get too rowdy. But some bar owners worry the bill is too vague and restrictive, saying it may be...
  • Woman escapes jail for swearing at toilet

    12/17/2007 11:29:53 PM PST · by Westlander · 21 replies · 391+ views
    Ananova Ltd ^ | 17th December 2007 | Ananova
    A US woman who was facing jail for swearing at her toilet has been acquitted. Dawn Herb, 31, of Scranton, Pennsylvania, was charged after an off duty police officer overheard her swear at an overflowing toilet.
  • Swearing at work boosts team spirit, morale: research

    10/17/2007 8:42:06 AM PDT · by gjones77 · 57 replies · 323+ views
    breitbart ^ | 10/17/2007 | breitbart
    Regular swearing at work can help boost team spirit among staff, allowing them to express better their feelings as well as develop social relationships, according to a study by researchers. Yehuda Baruch, a professor of management at the University of East Anglia, and graduate Stuart Jenkins studied the use of profanity in the workplace and assessed its implications for managers. They assessed that swearing would become more common as traditional taboos are broken down, but the key appeared to be knowing when such language was appropriate and when to turn to blind eye. The pair said swearing in front of...
  • Zeke: Swearing at Women Depends on Race

    09/18/2007 12:04:38 PM PDT · by Westlander · 28 replies · 109+ views
    AP ^ | 9-18-2007 | Pat Milton
    NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York Knicks executive at the center of a sexual harassment lawsuit repeatedly complained to a friend from work that coach Isiah Thomas had berated her with foul language, according to trial testimony Tuesday. On the tape, the former Detroit Pistons great also said that he would find it more offensive if a white male called a black female a "bitch," than if a black male used the same term when speaking to a black female.
  • Foul-Mouthed Melbourne Priest Suspended By Catholic Church

    08/01/2007 11:54:22 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 18 replies · 404+ views
    AHN ^ | July 31, 2007 | Radhika Basuthakur
    Melbourne, Australia (AHN) - The foul-mouthed priest who was caught on camera hurling abuse at a group of teenagers has been suspended by the Catholic Church. The Archbishop of Melbourne, the Most Reverend Denis Hart, announced the suspension of Reverend Monsignor Geoffrey Baron on Tuesday afternoon. Baron was caught racially abusing skateboarding teenagers outside St Patrick's Cathedral in Melbourne. Although the incident occurred about a year ago, it was brought to light only recently by YouTube. Popular video-sharing site YouTube has since removed the footage of the senior Catholic priest, who has expressed shame and embarrassment at his behavior. In...
  • BBC rapped over Live 8 swearing

    02/20/2006 1:43:29 PM PST · by chunk2005 · 2 replies · 271+ views
    bbc ^ | Monday, 20 February 2006 | bbc
    The BBC has been rapped by media watchdog Ofcom over swearing on the televised Live 8 concerts. Viewers complained about language used by Madonna, Razorlight, Green Day and US rapper Snoop Dogg during July 2005's concert in London's Hyde Park. The show was broadcast live without a time delay, and the language which sparked the complaints was heard before the watershed. The BBC said it regretted the offence caused to viewers. React The corporation said it approached some performers before the concert over the issue of language, but had not been given access to all the stars. The BBC added...
  • Almost Before We Spoke, We Swore

    09/20/2005 7:07:03 PM PDT · by NCjim · 12 replies · 577+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 20, 2005 | NATALIE ANGIER
    Incensed by what it sees as a virtual pandemic of verbal vulgarity issuing from the diverse likes of Howard Stern, Bono of U2 and Robert Novak, the United States Senate is poised to consider a bill that would sharply increase the penalty for obscenity on the air. By raising the fines that would be levied against offending broadcasters some fifteenfold, to a fee of about $500,000 per crudity broadcast, and by threatening to revoke the licenses of repeat polluters, the Senate seeks to return to the public square the gentler tenor of yesteryear, when seldom were heard any scurrilous words,...
  • SHOULD THE QU'RAN BE IN THE COURTROOM?

    08/24/2005 4:15:35 PM PDT · by Libloather · 135 replies · 1,608+ views
    Wilmington Journal ^ | 8/06/05 | CASH MICHAELS
    SHOULD THE QU'RAN BE IN THE COURTROOM? WEEK OF AUGUST 4-10, 2005 by CASH MICHAELS The Wilmington Journal Originally posted 8/6/2005 “The basic purpose of using sworn testimony is to assure that the information being provided is truthful and as correct as is possible.”--Special Agent Dick Searle, Iowa Division Of Criminal Investigation “Do you swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help you God?” Those who have testified in a court of law anywhere in North Carolina or across the country recognize these words to be the oath administered to witnesses prior to...
  • Swearing parrot banned

    07/27/2005 12:31:41 AM PDT · by kingattax · 11 replies · 460+ views
    News Limited ^ | July 27, 2005
    A FOUL-mouthed parrot previously owned by a lorry driver has been banished from public areas in a British animal sanctuary after repeatedly embarrassing his keepers. Barney, a five-year-old Macaw, is now kept indoors at Warwickshire Animal Sanctuary in Nuneaton, central England, when outsiders visit after abusing dignitaries with swearword-littered insults. "He's told a lady mayoress to f--- off and he told a lady vicar: 'And you can f--- off as well'," sanctuary worker Stacey Clark said. Nor did the forces of law and order escape, she added. "Two policemen came to have a look at the centre. He told them:...
  • 400 complain over Live 8 swearing

    07/04/2005 7:04:17 AM PDT · by Panerai · 19 replies · 955+ views
    BBC News ^ | Monday, 4 July, 2005
    The BBC has received about 400 complaints about swearing outbursts by artists performing at Live 8. Madonna and US star Snoop Dogg were among those to use bad language prior to the 2100 BST watershed. Shows from 10 cities - including London, Philadelphia, Paris, Berlin, Rome and Moscow - were broadcast live on the BBC on Saturday and Sunday. The BBC, which did not use a time delay during the broadcast, apologised for the swearing. Pink Floyd at Live 8 Live 8 proves to be a triumph for technology A spokeswoman for the BBC said it had received "just under"...
  • Swearing, violence and sex? That's OK by Ofcom

    05/26/2005 12:24:20 AM PDT · by echoBoomer · 5 replies · 426+ views
    Times Online UK ^ | May 26, 2005 | Adam Sherwin
    BROADCASTERS have been given the green light to serve up sex and swearing to viewers in return for restrictions on harmful programmes that might be seen by children. The watershed is to become a “Berlin Wall”, with few restrictions on sexual material and foul language remaining after 9pm. But, under the new Broadcasting Code published by the communications regulator Ofcom, all reasonable steps must be taken to protect the under-18s from material that might “seriously impair their moral development”. The code, which applies to all television and radio stations broadcast in Britain, was drawn up after a year of consultation...
  • Secret Film of Classrooms Reveals World of Swearing and Porn (UK)

    04/27/2005 10:23:30 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 1,680+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/27/2005 | Becky Barrow
    Secret film of classrooms reveals world of swearing and pornBy Becky Barrow A documentary to be screened tonight offers a withering portrayal of the education system. It shows pupils swearing in class, searching for porn on the internet, assaulting each other and refusing to co-operate with or respect their teachers. After a 30-year gap from teaching, a supply teacher using the pseudonym Sylvia Thomas returned to 14 secondary schools in London and the North over an eight-month period. She secretly filmed her experiences using a camera hidden in her briefcase and a microphone disguised as a jacket button. Her experiences,...
  • More and More, Kids say the Foulest Things (swearing)

    04/12/2005 10:06:43 AM PDT · by crv16 · 337 replies · 4,792+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 04/12/04 | Valerie Strauss
    Dan Horwich's English class is a bastion of clean language, where students read the classics and have weighty discussions free of invective and profanity. But when the bell rings and they walk out his door, the hallway vibrates with talk of a different sort. "The kids swear almost incessantly," said Horwich, who teaches at Guildford High School in Rockford, Ill. "They are so used to swearing and hearing it at home, and in the movies, and on TV, and in the music they listen to that they have become desensitized to it."
  • Hillary Clinton 2008 Confirmed?

    01/17/2005 4:38:09 PM PST · by yoe · 51 replies · 6,759+ views
    National Ledger ^ | Jan. 16, 2005 | Staff
    New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) has long been rumored as desperately seeking the democratic nomination for president in 2008. And while many political observers fully expect the power hungry former First Lady to hit the campaign trail within only a few months of being re-elected as a US Senator in 2006, US News & World report claims to have a confirmation of sorts. From USNews.Com's Washington Whispers: Hillary's in… You don't have to take it from us about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton 's desire to run for president. Her brothers, Hugh and Tony Rodham, say it's true. Friends...
  • Swearing Student Faces Jail Time

    10/11/2004 10:47:14 AM PDT · by esryle · 36 replies · 1,125+ views
    WILMINGTON, N.C. -- A North Carolina teenager may have to go to jail for using foul language with a high school teacher. Glenn Gattis and his parents don't deny that he cursed or has had other disciplinary problems at Ashley High School in Wilmington. But they said the misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct is an overreaction. The 17-year-old Gattis said he became frustrated and used bad language when he got in trouble for being late to class again. He said he was ultimately stopped by deputies working as school resource officers, who gave him a citation for using language meant...
  • Now even swearing is illegal in Russia

    10/05/2004 1:51:33 PM PDT · by struwwelpeter · 15 replies · 604+ views
    Komsomol'skaya Pravda ^ | October 5th, 2004
    05 October 2004 (Original Title) Government body begins to collect money for 'your mother' Two of the captial's potty-mouths being sent to jail (in a second our correspondents are locked up in the paddy wagon). Caught on hidden camera. We sent reporters Aleksandr Meshkov and Yuriy Snegiryov to the Belgorodskaya district - where on every street, in every home, a holy lexiconologic war is being waged. They found it easy to pretend to be drunken and disorderly, and were quickly arrested by police for uncensored swearing. (Last part. The beginning can be found in 5 October) Prisoners of the...
  • Our sensitivity about 'curse' words has changed with the times

    09/06/2003 7:20:53 AM PDT · by ChemistCat · 59 replies · 1,254+ views
    Deseret News ^ | Saturday, September 6, 2003 | Elaine Jarvik
    Pardon our French, as people used to say back in the days when they didn't use the following words quite so often, but we're going to now talk about the phrases "pissed off" and "that sucks." Are these dirty words? Or just words? And what about those other words, the ones that are still taboo enough to require dashes or abbreviations in newspapers such as this one? The s-word. The f-word. The f-word used as the all-purpose adjective. High-school teachers will tell you the halls are full of these words. As for "pissed off" — students say it so often...
  • TV Swearing 'Devastates' Communication Skills?

    07/16/2003 2:02:26 PM PDT · by schaketo · 5 replies · 387+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | July 16, 2003 | Reuters Staff Writers
    LONDON (Reuters) - Swearing on television is increasing fast and "devastating" communication skills, according to a media watchdog Wednesday. Nearly 40 years after the f-word's TV debut, it is now being actively projected into living rooms around the country Mediawatch-uk said. "Far from there being a natural evolution in language, there has been a consistent effort to promote obscenity, swearing and profanity against the wishes of most people," it said. "The effect of this on educational standards and communication skills has been devastating," it added. It blamed parents for allowing a "daily grunt" culture to develop in which children spend...
  • TV Swearing 'Devastates' Communication Skills?

    07/16/2003 1:59:01 PM PDT · by schaketo · 7 replies · 181+ views
    Reuters via Yahoo ^ | July 16, 2003 | Reuters Staff Writers
    LONDON (Reuters) - Swearing on television is increasing fast and "devastating" communication skills, according to a media watchdog Wednesday. Nearly 40 years after the f-word's TV debut, it is now being actively projected into living rooms around the country Mediawatch-uk said. "Far from there being a natural evolution in language, there has been a consistent effort to promote obscenity, swearing and profanity against the wishes of most people," it said. "The effect of this on educational standards and communication skills has been devastating," it added. It blamed parents for allowing a "daily grunt" culture to develop in which children spend...
  • Blue Streaks: Does today's society suffer from a profane strain?

    05/18/2003 6:34:55 AM PDT · by SLB · 51 replies · 854+ views
    The News Enterprise | 18 May 2003 | JACOB BENNETT
    It was a pristine day at Freeman Lake Park: A mom pushed her baby in a swing, a little girl watched the fish she caught flop on the dock, man's best friend chased down a Frisbee and carried it back in his teeth. Ash Stevens, who had been hanging out with a group of friends, broke the silence when he noticed a pal approaching. "Oh, s—-!" Stevens yelled to his friend. It's not a word you'd expect to hear in a place so peaceful, but no one seemed to care. Stevens thinks he knows why. "It's part of today's society,...