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Man Sues Cops After Arrest for Cursing

Says his right to free speech was violated

(Newser) - A western Pennsylvania man arrested for cursing in front of police has filed a lawsuit saying his right to free speech was violated. As the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports, Richard Pustovrh was arguing with his employers in September 2012 when they called the police. Pustovrh then repeatedly used an obscenity to...

This State Swears More Than Any Other
 This State 
 Swears More 
 Than Any Other 
study says

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,...

Most Kids Curse Before They Learn the Alphabet

And they pick it up from ... guess who?

(Newser) - Most kids can utter an expletive before they even know their ABCs—probably because their parents (and most other adults) have such terrible pottymouths, according to a new book. In Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, Mellissa Mohr argues that English-speakers actually use a curse word about once every...

NJ School Bans Cursing —If You're a Girl

Staff wants 'ladies to act like ladies'

(Newser) - New Jersey's Queen of Peace High School would like girls to stop cursing, saying it wants "ladies to act like ladies," a teacher tells the Record . So the Catholic school asked the girls, but not the boys, to take a pledge not to swear, NBC10 reports. The...

State to Town: Sorry, People Are Allowed to Swear

Massachusetts AG asks Middleborough to scrap rule

(Newser) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley is recommending that the town of Middleborough change or repeal a bylaw that prohibits public profanity . The town approved a proposal this summer that would allow police to enforce the 1968 ban by imposing a $20 fine on people who engage in loud swearing in...

Modern Family Kid Draws Wrath Over F-Bomb

Anti-profanity group wants episode pulled

(Newser) - Turns out there's something called the "No Cussing Club," and its membership doesn't want you to see tonight's episode of Modern Family, in which a toddler appears to swear. The group has asked ABC to pull the episode of the sitcom because of a storyline...

Virtual Swear Jar Turns Your Potty Mouth Into Charity

'Charity Swear Box' urges you to donate $1 per bad word

(Newser) - If your New Year’s resolution is to stop swearing so much, why not do some good at the same time? Giving a modern twist to the idea of putting money into a glass jar every time you curse, " Charity Swear Box" monitors your Twitter feed for naughty words....

Foursquare Names World's Rudest Cities

Or at least those whose users swear a lot

(Newser) - Foursquare has been crunching numbers in its database and come up with the 20 rudest cities in the world, the Huffington Post reports. Or more precisely, the cities whose check-in tips contain the most curse words. The honor for English-speaking countries goes to Manchester, England.

Spanish Curse Word Costs Teacher $15K

But debate rages over whether word is actually that bad

(Newser) - A New York high school teacher was fined $15,000 for using the word "cono" numerous times in class. Sounds harmless—and it can be, depending on which group of people you're using it with—but the word literally is a reference to female sexual organs, according to the...

Korean Teacher Explains How to Swear in America

It's to better understand us

(Newser) - Jason Kottke has posted a seemingly legit video on his site with the only introduction possible: "You wouldn't think a Korean man teaching his class how to swear in English would be so funny." He also praises the instructor's mannerisms and ability to channel "Goodfellas-era...

You Can't Say Sh*t at Goldman!
You Can't
Say Sh*t at
language police

You Can't Say Sh*t at Goldman!

Literally: Firm has banned swearing in emails, texts, chats

(Newser) - This is a whole new kind of Wall Street cleanup: Goldman Sachs has banned naughty words. In the wake of a $500 million fine for fraud , the fabled firm has decided to screen employee emails for a bevy of naughty words and phrases. Although they've yet to set out specific...

Sorry for All That Cussing: MTV
 Sorry for All That Cussing: MTV 
mtv movie awards

Sorry for All That Cussing: MTV

Movie Awards clocked almost one profanity per minute

(Newser) - The censors were extremely busy during Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards—the pro-"traditional values" Culture and Media Institute clocked " at least 100 bleep-worthy words " in 122 minutes—and the network is very, very sorry. Sort of. "While we aired the live broadcast with a delay, we...

Cheney: Dropping F-Bomb Was 'Best Thing I Ever Did'

Not exactly remorseful over telling Leahy to "f--- yourself"

(Newser) - As potty-mouthed vice presidents go, Dick Cheney is utterly unrepentant about his 2004 slip of the F-bomb in which he told Pat Leahy to go "f--- yourself." Dennis Miller on his radio show yesterday thanked the former veep for "almost kicking Patrick Leahy's a--," reports...

In Poll, Most Say Biden's F-Bomb No Big Deal

Fox News survey has 57% calling it 'not offensive'

(Newser) - Americans don't seem all that concerned about Joe Biden's "big f---ing deal" comment. In a poll by Fox News, 57% of respondents said his remark about health care reform was "not offensive," vs. 37% who thought it was. Fox News "went bonkers" over the comment, Greg...

A History of Political Cussing
 A History of Political Cussing 
it's not just you, joe

A History of Political Cussing

Joe Biden will go down in history with these other respected figures

(Newser) - Quite a big deal has been made over Joe Biden dropping the F-bomb . “But America has a long and honorable tradition of top elected officials using salty language,” writes John Dickerson on Slate . Allow him to educate you:
  • Barack Obama: Famously called Kanye West a “jackass.”

SF Pol's Resolution: I'll Drop F-Bomb at Every Meeting

Colleagues, bloggers just shake heads at Chris Daly

(Newser) - After being taken to task by a local alt-weekly for his off-color language, a San Francisco city supervisor has made it his New Year’s resolution to use “f---,” or a variation thereof, at every board meeting this year. Chris Daly, the 37-year-old representative of the city’s...

Bleeping White House Better Watch Its Mouth

At least around reporters suddenly quoting official profanity

(Newser) - Lately, the White House has had quite the potty mouth. Barack Obama called Kanye West a “jackass,” Joe Biden told a senator to “gimme a f---ing break!” and one top economic adviser said that America hadn’t had its “holy shit” moment. That’s an...

Serena's Tirade: What Would Her Church Think?

Jehovah's Witnesses no fans of cursing—but she won't face big trouble

(Newser) - Serena Williams is a Jehovah’s Witness, which causes Slate to wonder: What does her religion think about her foul-mouthed outburst at the US Open? Jehovah’s Witnesses “discourage members from any sort of foul language on the grounds that it's expressly forbidden in the Bible,” writes Juliet...

James Joyce Beat Britney to the Dirty Pun

Many artists have snuck in 'If you see Kay' line

(Newser) - Britney Spears' not-so-subtle pun in her single "If U Seek Amy" (say it fast) may seem devilishly naughty, but completely original it is not. Many musicians have used the similarly racy "If you see Kay" line—from blues pianist Memphis Slim to Norwegian punk band Turbonegro—which was...

LA to Declare 'Cuss-Free Week'
 LA to Declare 'Cuss-Free Week' 

LA to Declare 'Cuss-Free Week'

15-year-old founder of No Cussing Club hopes for more respectful city

(Newser) - Millions of angry drivers will be reduced to stunned silence if Los Angeles County passes No Cussing Week, the AP reports. The expected announcement from the county board of supervisors next week follows a campaign by 15-year-old McKay Hatch, who started a club against swearing. "It's not about forcing...

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