Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The Limits of Swearing

Early this week I was in a supermarket stocking up on light bulbs, which I seldom replace until they all fail and I have to find my way out of my office by feeling the furniture, swearing all the way.

But I wouldn't swear if children were present. Perhaps I should. Swear words are only words and a case can be made for children hearing as early as possible the language of the world they will grow up in.

I wonder, though, if that case is very good.


Read the rest of Clive James on swearing in public and in comedy.

[HT: Arts & Letters Daily ]

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