13 Things You Didn’t Know About Profanity

Ah, yes- everyone’s favorite four letter words. Some NSFW language.


It was associated with secularism, and related to the idea of desecrating what was holy.



The average child knows at least one swear by the age of two.



They (or, rather, their predecessors) were used by the Anglo-Saxons, albeit with less offensive meanings.



Example: %#(^&^$&!
IDEA: Instead of cursing at someone, just shout “GRAWLIX!” at them.



This was sixteen years after Kenneth Tynan used it on a BBC programme.



“The General is sorry to be informed that the foolish, and wicked practice, of profane cursing and swearing (a vice heretofore little known in an American Army) is growing into fashion. He hopes the officers will, by example, as well as influence, endeavor to check it […] added to this, it is a vice so mean and low, without any temptation, that every man of sense, and character, detests and despises it.“

George Washington, August 3rd 1776



This trend dates back to the Victorian era, when upper-middle class citizens strove to rise into the upper class and therefore tried to make themselves as refined as possible in order to project a more “upper class” image.



Words like “we,” “us,” and “our” (first person plural pronouns) make up 1%, just a half percent more.



Contrary to some theories. (Seriously, someone believed this???)

[Source 1] [Source 2]


Read more about it here!

[Source] (Hint: it’s the same link as above)

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