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Profanity

What Happened When My 2-Year-Old Said the 'F' Word

Nicole Rosengren | Posted 10.10.2014 | Parents
Nicole Rosengren

I have to admit there is a very small part of me that wants to congratulate him for his proper usage of the "F" sound, but I resist the urge and instead correct him and suggest a more appropriate response like, "Oh, no!"

Why I Want My Daughter To Curse

Lorne Jaffe | Posted 10.02.2014 | Parents
Lorne Jaffe

I'm not ready for Sienna to have her mom's sailor mouth, but eventually, when she's a teen, I don't want her to be afraid of speaking the language of her classmates and once she reaches adulthood, I hope to be ready for her to speak such words in my presence as part of normal conversation because the reality is that cursing is ordinary and sometimes, often even, acts as a release for pent up stress.

Which Profanities Are Trending in Today's Movies? What Can Families Do?

Russ Warner | Posted 08.12.2014 | Parents
Russ Warner

Profanity has become more commonplace on-screen and online in recent years. However, new research shows the increasing rate of profanity use in today...

Morality, the Zeitgeist, and D**k Jokes: How Post-Carlin Comedians Like Louis C.K. Have Become This Generation's True Philosophers

Nick Simmons | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Nick Simmons

They said it about Hicks, and they said it about Carlin: they were not only comedians, but great thinkers. They were cultural commentators, who just happen to pepper in some d**k jokes for good measure.

Only I Didn't Say Fudge (or: The Sociology of Profanity)

Galanty Miller | Posted 05.31.2014 | Comedy
Galanty Miller

Profanity isn't shocking anymore. It's not edgy or sassy or hip or rebellious. It's just a sad, tiresome example of our shrinking vocabulary. Thanks, Twitter. People swear when they have nothing to say, but they want to talk. My feeling? You're not getting paid by the word and you're not a sailor. So keep it simple.

To the People That Are Offended by the Word 'A**hole'

Sarah Fader | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
Sarah Fader

It's okay to feel frustrated with your children. It is okay to be angry at not being able to control a situation. We are all humans, including our kids, and hence, we are not perfect. We're deeply flawed creatures. A part of being flawed is recognizing that we may have angry thoughts related to our children when we are having a bad parenting day.

Is Today's Young Music Too Obscene? (Or Has My Perspective Changed?)

The University of Central Florida Forum | Posted 05.05.2014 | Parents
The University of Central Florida Forum

I still sometimes struggle reconciling the self of my youth with the guy who now has a mortgage and an SUV. But the minute I became a parent, my worldview shifted slightly on its axis and I began to view everything through new parental lenses.

There's a Time and a Place for Everything

Susan Wilson Solovic | Posted 04.06.2014 | Business
Susan Wilson Solovic

If you've seen The Wolf of Wall Street, you probably wouldn't be surprised to know it holds the record for the number of "F" bombs during a movie -- 5...

Aaron Sorkin, George Clooney, Al Jazeera America and the Future of News

Brent Budowsky | Posted 10.23.2013 | Media
Brent Budowsky

To continue the discussion about the future of news from my recent column "Citizen Bezos": Al Jazeera America is now on air with promises to offer in-...

'When It Comes To Profanity I Lead A Double Life'

Roz Warren | Posted 10.16.2013 | Fifty
Roz Warren

When it comes to profanity, I lead a double life. On the job, I'm the perfect lady Mom raised me to be. But inside my own head, and in my own home, and with my close friends, I'm Lenny Bruce.

Friday Talking Points -- Congress Slinks Out Of Town

Chris Weigant | Posted 10.02.2013 | Politics
Chris Weigant

It was a busy week in Washington, since all the congresscritters were eager to get out of town for their not-so-well-earned five weeks of vacation. It'll take awhile for the dust to settle, so let's take a look at some of what's been happening while it does.

The Most Famous Man You Never Heard Of: Part II

Helen Davey | Posted 09.14.2013 | Green
Helen Davey

In Part I of my story about my grandfather, John Davey, I mentioned that he has been recognized as a genius. What do I mean by "genius"?

The Language Trend I've Finally Embraced

Judith Natelli McLaughlin | Posted 09.10.2013 | Fifty
Judith Natelli McLaughlin

I am a lover of words. It says so in my bio and it has been going on for a very long time. I even made up the word ollymollymento somewhere in my sixth year of life. I'm not certain of its meaning, but I always liked the way it rolled off my tongue and sounded to my ear.

When Did The F-Word Go Mainstream?

Ann Brenoff | Posted 05.07.2013 | Fifty
Ann Brenoff

WTF is up with all the profanity being used these days? I get that most people have the occasional drunken sailor moment, but nowadays, I encounter profanity everywhere I turn. I admit I'm turning a lot to social media, which is doused in it.

The Onion, the Oscars, the Misplaced Outrage

Matt Kirshen | Posted 04.28.2013 | Comedy
Matt Kirshen

The Onion's joke only works because Quvenzhané Wallis is 100 percent blameless; she is the embodiment of innocence. She's the very last person you'd ever call that, and that's what powers the joke.

The Onion, The "C" Word And Lent

Rev. Emily C. Heath | Posted 04.27.2013 | Religion
Rev. Emily C. Heath

Our words are our witness, and whether they are camera-ready or not doesn't matter. But how they change the world for the worse will... and for longer than it takes to say them.

My Son's Very Unfortunate Mispronunciation

Caren Chesler | Posted 04.17.2013 | Parents
Caren Chesler

Friends had warned me if I didn't clean up my language, it was going to rub off on my son.

Catholic School Creates 'No-Swearing Pledge'

The Huffington Post | Katherine Bindley | Posted 02.05.2013 | Religion

A New Jersey Catholic school is facing accusations of sexism after a teacher proposed that the girls take a pledge not to swear for the month of Febru...

Can Profanity Help Your Career?

Robert Pagliarini | Posted 01.07.2013 | Business
Robert Pagliarini

Your boss, clients, investors, or constituents need to see that you care. When things go badly, they want someone who jumps to action. They want to feel that you care more deeply about the problem than they do. They want someone to get upset, and maybe even swear a little.

Dear New York Times: Women Curse

Margaret Wheeler Johnson | Posted 03.05.2013 | Women
Margaret Wheeler Johnson

Everyone, there's cursing in the lady mags. Someone dispatch one of Emily Post's descendants to the Conde Nast building STAT.

WATCH: Woman Thrown In Jail For Cursing

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.02.2013 | Crime

The worst punishment most children endure for cursing is getting their mouths washed out with soap. For LaRue Ford, a 49-year-old woman, the punishmen...

After Beckham, What Next for North American Soccer?

Steve Clare | Posted 02.18.2013 | Sports
Steve Clare

It's not that I necessarily think the New York Cosmos is a bad idea for MLS's 20th franchise. I just think expanding the league to the south east is a more important prerogative.

Summer Reading Assignment Stirs Up Controversy At Tennessee STEM School

Posted 08.15.2012 | Education

The parents of a 14-year-old rising freshman at Hardin Valley Academy in Tennessee have taken issue with their son and his 450 classmates in the STEM ...

Profanity and Grammar: Lessons From History

William B. Bradshaw | Posted 09.26.2012 | Books
William B. Bradshaw

The abundant use of profanity is one of the significant signs of what I call the "dumbing down of America." The excessive, needless, and inappropriate use of profane, coarse, crude, tasteless, and obscene language is becoming the norm.

Ted: Count Me Among the Haters

Jackie K. Cooper | Posted 09.02.2012 | Entertainment
Jackie K. Cooper

Ted is a movie you will either love or hate. Mark me down as one of the haters. I didn't laugh; I wasn't charmed.