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

Galanty Miller | Posted 03.31.2014 | 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.

The Therapeutic Value Of An F-Bomb

Sarah Rudell Beach | Posted 03.07.2014 | Parents
Sarah Rudell Beach

For the times when you wish you could just swear, I am sharing with you some "anti-mantras" based on Go the F*ck to Sleep. They just might provide a needed catharsis and oxytocin-releasing smiles as we endure the daily challenges of parenting.

21 Vintage Curse Words That Are More Funny Than Offensive Today

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 01.25.2014 | Fifty

In 1939, Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, ended "Gone With The Wind" with the world's most famous dismissive zinger: "Frankly, my dear, I don't gi...

Putting the "F" Word in Its Place

Eliot Daley | Posted 01.28.2014 | Comedy
Eliot Daley

I've come to the conclusion that, with few exceptions, stand-up comics who use the "F" word are simply lazy and untalented. I don't reach that conclusion as a prude. I'll go on to describe some pretty good occasions to use it.

'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.

This Will Make You Blush

Posted 10.07.2013 | Comedy

Hugh Laurie joined Stephen Colbert on Monday's "Colbert Report" to bring his elegant gravitas to the most high-minded of affairs: Rattling off a list ...

Is There a Right 'Dose' of Swearing?

Richard C. Senelick, M.D. | Posted 09.30.2013 | Healthy Living
Richard C. Senelick, M.D.

It would appear that there is a "dose" of swearing that works best. If you swear too much it reduces its benefit, but if you do not swear at all, you may not have as a high a pain tolerance. Swearing seems to have a protective effect -- to a point.

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 Word I Wasn't Ready To Hear My First Grader Say

Robin O'Bryant | Posted 06.24.2013 | Parents
Robin O'Bryant

After school one day a few months ago, Emma perched on the kitchen counter while I cooked dinner and chattered away. Then out of the blue she said, "Somebody said The Aff word at school today!"

I Can't Stop Cursing Around My Kids

Adrian Kulp | Posted 06.03.2013 | Parents
Adrian Kulp

As far as I can remember, I didn't grow up with a foul mouth. As kids, my parents didn't really shield me or my brothers from bad words, but they certainly didn't duct tape us to chairs in the basement and make us watch George Carlin videos either.

WATCH: Toddler Can't Stop Saying The F-Word

Posted 03.29.2013 | Comedy

The real question is, why don't more toddlers mispronounce "dump truck" to make it a much filthier word? (via Videogum/Arbroath)...

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...

Women Who Curse and the Men Who Love Them

Kristen Houghton | Posted 03.12.2013 | Women
Kristen Houghton

Some men have a hard time hearing women curse. They don't mind choice words being used during foreplay and sex, but they don't appreciate those same words being said in public.

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.

Why You Should Swear More at Work

Daniel Dworkin | Posted 02.13.2013 | Business
Daniel Dworkin

I'm not advocating for every email from the CEO to drop the f-bomb. But I do think it would great if more leaders and communicators started talking and writing to people around the office with a little more heart.

Can I Stop Swearing Before My Daughter Is Born?

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 11.19.2012 | Parents

Written by Jessica Grose for Slate I didn’t really think anything about about my frequent, enthusiastic swearing until I got pregnant. But then, ...

The Most Inappropriate Show Ever?

Posted 10.09.2012 | Comedy

It's no secret that cartoons can have their adult sides, but "South Park" really takes the cake. Between the ridiculous characters and potty language,...

10 Cities With Cursing Problems

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 08.12.2012 | Business

Where a worker lives may determine how much they swear at work, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder.com (h/t NBC News). Those who work...

Which City Swears The Most At Work?

Posted 07.25.2012 | DC

Workers in the nation's capital are the most likely to swear at work, according to a new survey released by CareerBuilder. Sixty-two percent of th...

Go Wash Your Mouth Out With Soap!

Gertrude Joseph | Posted 09.02.2012 | Teen
Gertrude Joseph

Have you ever considered using swear words in an actual paper that's graded by a teacher? There is a fine line between using language to be crude and using language to convey passion.

Worrying About What Our Teens are Reading? Really?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 07.30.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

When I was growing up, my mom's best gift to me was to take me to the library.

Is It True That Becoming A Parent Changes You?

Dan Bucatinsky | Posted 07.14.2012 | Parents
Dan Bucatinsky

Is there a natural shift that occurs when we realize we're responsible for more than just ourselves?

Study: Cursing Is Good For Your Health

Posted 08.22.2012 | Arts

*#&$^%!!!! It sometimes seems dropping an F-bomb just makes you feel better -- and now there's proof. A study concluded that there really are feelings...

Why Cursing At Work Is A Good Thing

The Huffington Post | Khadeeja Safdar | Posted 03.25.2012 | Business

Common knowledge says spewing out profanity-laden language to let out your frustrations at work isn't the best idea. That may be a misguided assumpti...

Accidents Caused By Wearing Headphones On The Rise

| Posted 03.05.2012 | Teen

Every week, HuffPost High School rounds up the best local news stories about high school students from across the country through our friends at Patch...