Tuesday 26 January 2021

The History of Swear Words

Oh look, Nicholas Cage.

I'm quite enjoying this. My friend's daughter has just reached the age where she's really anti-swearing. She even slaps people for swearing! To which I had to point out that violence is a far worse crime than profanity. Besides, hitting someone is hardly going to make them less likely to swear.

Anyway. It's all good fun, and it is true that profanity has painkilling properties and that it can also be a sign of intelligence. Another fun way to research swear words - in fact, any word - is through Etymology Online.

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