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  Sunday, July 19, 2009 – Permalink –

Your Grand-cestors Swore

Your Grandmothers told them to stop


What is there about a well placed curse that spices a novel or a conversation?
Perhaps it's genetic or evolutionary.


"The Jacobean dramatist Ben Jonson peppered his plays with fackings and "peremptorie Asses," and Shakespeare could hardly quill a stanza without inserting profanities of the day like "zounds" or "sblood" - offensive contractions of "God's wounds" and "God's blood" - or some wondrous sexual pun.

Even the quintessential Good Book abounds in naughty passages like the men in II Kings 18:27 who, as the comparatively tame King James translation puts it, "eat their own dung, and drink their own piss."

Almost before we spoke

Refered to by:
LanguageHat.com
The Antiquity Of Cursing


[Edited entry from 6/12/2006]




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