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The History of Swearing
Swearing on Amateur Radio always seems to evoke
the strongest of feelings, in a test case, a local radio amateur
called another operator a "Cunt". He was summoned to appear before
Magistrates. This was when the BR68 was in force, and we were only
allowed to do 2 things:-
- Make transmissions relating
to technical investigations
- Make remarks of a personal
His solicitor put up such a good defence and
insisted that calling someone a "Cunt" was indeed a "remark of a
The rules have once gain been re-written to
remove any reference to personal remarks!
Now legislation says that in any so-called
"Grossly Offensive Message" It must be proved that the language used
in any alleged offence MUST be worse than that encountered in
So that might filter out Cunt, but nothing
else as far as we can see, as ALL other swear words are regularly in
use on free to air TV including the BBC.
Anyway, here is a partly
accurate history of swearing:-
Shot by an anarchist while standing on a Brussels railway station, The Prince of Wales utters the immortal words, “Fuck it, I’ve taken a bullet."
Music hall comedian Hector Thaxter becomes the first man to say “Arse” on the radio.
After cutting food rations as part of a new economic drive, Chancellor Hugh Dalton is accosted by a beggar in the street who says, “You bloody bastard! What am I meant to do, eat shit?”
Interviewed live on BBC News, a British teddy boy is asked his opinion of Bill Haley. He replies, “Haley? I wouldn't piss on him if he went up in flames. I’m an Elvis man
Appearing on a late night live satire programme called BBC3, Kenneth Tynan becomes the first man to say “Fuck” on TV. A national fit of apoplexy follows with one Tory MP suggesting that Tynan should hang!
After watching an episode of
"Till Death Us Do Part" that includes 44 uses of the word “BLOODY”, Mary Whitehouse fumes, “This is the end of civilisation as we know it”
Buzz Aldrin becomes the first man to swear on the moon “Bloody hell,” he tells Neil Armstrong, “I’ve just taken a shit in my space suit”
Oxford English Dictionary includes the words “FUCK” and “CUNT” for the first time. The National Campaign for Real Swearing issues a statement which reads: “We’d be a bunch of lying cunts if we didn’t say that we were totally fucking delighted”
Originating from the Australian “Nasty as Fuck”, the word NAFF is introduced to the British public via Ronnie Barker in Porridge. As in “Naff off
Godber!” However the expression looses its appeal when Princess Anne starts using it.
On tour in Hong Kong and unaware that he is miked up, The Duke of Edinburgh tells a photographer
“Fuck off or I’ll have you shot.”
The moral majority get into a proper old lather after Steve Jones of the Sex Pistols appears on live TV and calls presenter Bill Grundy “A fucking
A Bar steward at a Conservative Club in Middlesex is sacked after greeting a club member with the words, “All right, you fucking old bastard, we haven't seen you for fucking ages!” He is later ruled to have been unfairly dismissed on the grounds that his words “were just a form of greeting”.
British Leyland workers begin their so-called swearing strike after one of the top brass describes them as, “fucking bastards and fucking working-class pigs”.
Jools Holland lets slip with the phrase “Groovy fuckers” on a live broadcast of The Tube and is suspended for six weeks.
A Pakistani umpire calls Mike Gatting “a fucking cheating bastard” during a Test Match.
Female golfer Muffin Spencer-Devlin is banned from a top ladies tournament after calling officials, “A fucking bunch of incontinent wankers!”.
Rev. Ian Gregory, secretary of The Polite Society, proposes that existing swear-words are banished and replaced
with “nice words like 'breadstick' and 'cotton socks'”. A spokesman for The National Campaign for Real Swearing responds by saying “The good reverend can go and fuck himself!”.
Pete Sampras, the world’s top male tennis player, shouts at the Wimbledon crowd, “Thank you very much, you mother fuckers!”
A Briton in Saudi Arabia is sentenced to 40 lashes after telling a member of his staff to, “Stuff it up your fat arse you old wanker”.
Boston grunge band, The Anal Cunts, release their first single.
Annoyed at the constant chattering of children during a performance of “Macbeth” at a Manchester theatre, actor Paul Higgins strides to the front of the stage and bellows, “Shut the fuck up or I’ll rip your fucking heads off!”
Students hackers tinker with the digital storage system at
Britain's first talking bus stop in Leeds, with the result that a queue of passengers expecting a recorded timetable are greeted with the words, “Fuck off and walk you lazy bastards”.
With the advent of Channel
4's "Bremner, Bird, & Fortune" and "The Eleven O'clock
Show", all known swear words are finally used openly, in entertainment
The National Campaign For Real Swearing comments "About fucking time too!"
Four different forms of the word 'cunt' have been added
to the Oxford English Dictionary, and they're all spectacular. But the
crown jewels in the new additions (and the words I'm most likely to use
in my day-to-day life) are the Four Cunts -- cunty, cuntish, cunted, and
Now BBC plans an 'I love the C-word'
documentary4th January 2007
The BBC came under new fire after it announced plans
for a £200,000 TV documentary devoted to the
most offensive word in the English language.
The programme -
tentatively titled I love The C-Word - is billed
as examining why the word has become more
mainstream in recent years.
include feminist academic Germaine
Greer and Eve Ensler, the author of
The Vagina Monologues, an acclaimed
stage play which features women
talking about their genitals.
Both the BBC
and North One claimed it will not be
sensationalist. A spokeswoman for
the programme said: "It will look at
how a word that was considered
completely unacceptable has moved
into the mainstream, particularly by
younger people. The tone will be a
serious exploration of the word."
One's head of factual entertainment
John Quinn told the TV industry
magazine Broadcast: "It will be a
grown-up discussion about how we
have got to where we are now with
this word without being either
sensationalist or po-faced.
"It is perhaps
one of the last words that has the
ability to stop someone in their
tracks and it is fascinating to see
how differently it is perceived
around the world."
I Love The
C-Word is the latest in a growing
number of BBC programmes that have
featured the word in recent years,
despite internal BBC research
showing that it is the one viewers
hate the most.
Last year it
featured 12 times in The Chatterley
Affair, a BBC4 drama about the 1960
obscenity trial over D. H.
It has been
used frequently in the award-winning
BBC4 political sitcom The Thick Of
It, starring Chris Langham as
fictional Social Affairs Minister
Hugh Abbot and Peter Capaldi as
belligerent spin doctor Malcolm
Greer made a 10-minute film about
the history of the word for the BBC2
series Balderdash And Piffle.
In 2004, the
BBC received a record number of
complaints about its decision to
broadcast the controversial Jerry
Springer: The Opera. It contained
8,000 obscenities including the use
of the f-word 200 times and the
c-word nine times
etc. Please note this is a satirical website, PLEASE no more emails
about the History Of Swearing, or requests to be put in touch with
The National Campaign For Real Swearing. The majority of the
above has been researched and is completely true, a couple of items
have been made up, and the press cutting about "Piss Flaps" is real,
but from VIZ Magazine.