What Ever Happened to Profanity?

Kenner, Hugh
January 1978
National Review;1/20/1978, Vol. 30 Issue 3, p90
The article discusses the disappearance of profanity from American speech. Profanity does not require logic as it can be uttered anytime. In the past, naming divine names is used in profanity. Taboo words, such as the word "damn," are also being used for swearing. As the years went by, the use of profane language became less often. The use of profanity has cultural implications as it leads to the decline of mental vigor.


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