Although Chambers says it’s useless to ban those three, four-letter words, it’s just a matter of time when everyday speech will go into a cussing recession.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
Check out this story on canoe.ca about cussing, called "What the #$&%?". (And see here for another recent example of that orthographic convention.) It's by far the best reaction I've seen yet to the recent stories on cussing (like in this discussion). The journalist, Karon Lui, gets good quotes from two solid linguists (Jack Chambers and Becky Roeder), and concludes nicely with the inevitable ebb and flow of this stuff: