But the British soon got the hang of profanity.
It's a multi-lingual effect.
Danny Lim, Sydney, was convicted of ‘offensive behaviour’ for a sign that referred to Tony Abbott and alluded to the c-bomb. The conviction was dismissed in August this year.
Australia has a reputation for swearing. Yet this sits at odds with laws that criminalise offensive words.
How should you signal that you don’t want to be disturbed?
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Fiddlesticks, that’s hot!
They can be b****y difficult people but politicians want you to know they give a t**s, even if they sometimes talk b******s.
Feeling sweary? On your bike!
Be careful about where you try this out.
Adam Briggs and Trials from A.B. Original, winners of this year’s AMP Australian Music Prize, use swearing to make a political point in their music.
The pervasiveness of profanity in popular culture underscores the absurdity of punishing people for using words broadcast on our screens and heard in our music.
Studies show swearing might be big and clever after all.
Swearing has often been associated with a lack of intelligence, but studies show that it could be a cleverer use of language than we thought.
As a British judge has just discovered, swearing's fine ... until you do it in the wrong place.
Marchers at a “traditional marriage” rally in Sydney’s Belmore Park on September 20, 2015.
The "Fuck Fred Nile" case highlights the absurdity of criminalising "fleeting expletives" while allowing speech that depicts homosexuality as abnormal, unnatural and sinful.
© Musée des lettres et manuscrits, Paris
When translating The 120 Days of Sodom, we had a duty to be just as rude, crude, and revolting as Sade.
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The film's exchange of Titty for Tatty is very much in line with Victorian censorship of profanities for children.
A new exhibition gives us an insight into the daily life – and language – of Australian soldiers in World War One.
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When Australians went to the Western Front, language failed them. So they invented slanguage: a mix of slang, French words and creative swearing that, among other things, gave us the word "Aussie".
The best way to remove the potency from an “offensive” word is to use it frequently.
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The word "cunt" has made its way into popular discourse, and while some are still offended by it, it's nowhere near as outrageous as it once was.
Why do some people reach for the word “witch” to describe the women around them?
Heks op de bezem, Kees Groeneveld, 1959.
Why did Peter Dutton choose 'witch' when describing Samantha Maiden? The word has a long history of misogyny – particularly towards outspoken or powerful women.
All swear words come from those aspects of human experience in which we invest our deepest emotions.
The taboo meaning of the f-word is not nearly as common as the use of the word as an “emphatic intensifier”, or in the various idioms.
Was that the F-bomb, mummy?
Is children swearing a bad thing? Should I scold him for using words he doesn't know the meaning of? Should I discourage him from using swear words and refrain from swearing in front of him?
Minions, contrary to parental fears, have not been swearing at children – but why would that be a problem anyway?
Parental concerns that Minions given as toys in McDonald's Happy Meals have been dropping the F-bomb raises an issue: how far – if at all – should we go to prevent children from exposure to "bad" language?
Stop swearing and peace out.
The Russian State Duma has passed a law that prohibits swearing in public performances. This is just the latest in a series of punitive legislative measures aiming to curb freedom of speech and expression…