I Know Mine Did (Especially The Youngest One)


‘Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet’: Forget the ABC, toddlers prefer the F word

Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and its origins.

English speakers also use a curse word on average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the first person plural pronouns such as ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our.’

The surprising preponderance of swearing in everyday language probably explains why the majority of children know at least one obscene word by the age of two, says language expert Dr. Mellissa Mohr, from Stanford University in California.

It really ‘kicks off’, she adds, around the ages of three and four.

She claims that over an average day around 0.7 per cent of English language consists of swear words.

In her new book, ‘Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing,’ Dr. Mohr claims the upper classes are just as likely to turn the air blue as less educated working class people.

The group least likely to use swear words, says the researcher, is the middle class.

You can spend a lot of time trying to teach your kid a new word and getting him/her to pronounce it correctly. But if you drop the “F-word” anywhere within earshot of them they will master it instantly. Then they will proudly show off their brand new word to everyone, including your mother, the babysitter, your minister, the mailman, the store clerk and your boss.

“Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck!” – Myiq’s daughter at age 18 months

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22 Responses to I Know Mine Did (Especially The Youngest One)

  1. Jadzia says:

    Ha ha ha ha ha. SO TRUE. A scene from my childhood, starring one of my younger brothers, who was about 3 at the time:

    Brother, in very small voice: “Mommy, I said a bad word.”

    Mom, trying to stay cool: “What was it?”

    Brother: “jello.”

    Mom: “Jello isn’t a bad word! Why would you think that?”

    Brother: “Um, I think it was fuck.”

  2. votermom says:

    3rd person killed in Boston marathon bombing

  3. elliesmom says:

    Children only learn to swear before they learn their ABCs if it’s what they hear from us, our friends, and from what we have on our TVs. This isn’t about them. It’s about us. This is one of my soapboxes, but it’s a little soapbox. If you don’t think there are any “bad words”, then what does it matter? If you think some words shouldn’t be used by little kids, then don’t teach them to them. IOW, don’t say them. It’s been my experience that adults think it’s cute or funny when a toddler says “fuck”, but not so funny when it’s the only word their 12 year old seems to know. If you don’t use a word yourself, you have some standing when you tell your kid not to use it, but if it’s part of your everyday language, it will be part of his or hers, too. Unless your kid decides he or she doesn’t like your “potty mouth”, and then you’ll hear all about it.

    • myiq2xu says:

      When I was 3 or 4 I got my mouth washed out with soap. It was years before I uttered another dirty word. I guess my grandma never heard of Orbit gum.

      • Somebody says:

        My mom used soap, vinegar and then finally hot peppers she grew in the garden. I could hang with the first two the last one was cruel, until I discovered honey would help!

        ****I was punished for saying anything my church lady mother found offensive, up to and including my “tone” of voice which apparently I have a real issue with. I don’t actually recall saying curse words around my parents except once.

    • votermom says:

      My kids police my language – yesterday I was driving them and I muttered “shoot!” when I missed a green light; and they both went “Mooom!”.
      I’m like , “what? I said, shoot” and they both went, “No, we heard a bad word.” 🙄
      Anyway, I’m quite proud of them. 🙂

      • Jadzia says:

        I swear way too much and wish I didn’t. Although it was something I was raised around (along with alcoholism, every drug under the sun, drug dealing out of my house, and my parents’ non-stop parties), by this time in my life, my potty mouth is on me. I think Angie still gets the crown, though, and from her posts it sounds like she was raised right. : )

        • votermom says:

          Can you swear fluently in French now? 🙂

        • Jadzia says:

          Pas de tout. All I know are the ones that all Americans already know: zut (which is so mild it hardly counts as a bad word), and merde. I am looking to find a good book of idioms, insults, slang, and swear words once I master the more useful parts of the language, like writing a perfect cover letter and understanding the questions being asked in job interviews and emergency rooms.

    • foxyladi14 says:

      honkity honk honk.

  4. votermom says:

    • Somebody says:

      I noticed in those pictures the one at 2:38 in the upper left corner there is an unattended backpack up on the edge of what appears to be a make shift stage???

      The backpack is black with green strings. I don’t know if that is where the blast came from, but I know this guy was near the first blast. Initial reports were that it came from the 2nd or 3rd story a backpack up that high might give that impression, but I think the blast was off to his right so then it doesn’t fit.

      • votermom says:

        I can’t believe I didn’t see that until you pointed that out!
        Seems a tight fit for a pressure cooker though?
        I hope the photos help the FBI.

        • Somebody says:

          Also in the same picture, pretty much in the middle is a man in a black jacket, you can see a strap that could be a duffle bag. You can’t tell what he actually has because someone is blocking the view a guy in a black shirt with two drinks.

          He has curly hair and sunglasses, directly in front of him is a guy wrapped in something holding up a drink. Behind him a woman in a blue sweater and woman in a red vest. Whatever he has over his shoulder it appears to be heavy if you notice the strap and how it is riding up almost to his neck that would indicate it’s heavy.

  5. votermom says:

    • Somebody says:

      So more republicans than democrats own and cook with pressure cookers??? Is there some survey of pressure cooker purchases and party id that was done??? I sure hope they enlighten us about where their data came from.

    • lyn5 says:

      It’s the signature of a mass murderer, dumbasses.

  6. votermom says:

  7. swanspirit says:

    A very interesting picture

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