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How To Swear Like A Sailor

A Dictionary of Navy Slang Compiled From Various Sources 67 pages of history and hilarity.
posted by timsteil on May 26, 2014 - 35 comments

Bagpipe your beard-splitter if you want, but mind the fartleberries.

An excerpt from Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing, by Melissa Mohr. (Salon article; be warned.)
posted by Scattercat on May 11, 2013 - 7 comments

Pools

F**king Cruise Ship (SLYT. Bleeped Cursing.)
posted by Apropos of Something on Jan 9, 2013 - 30 comments

♫ Welcome Back, Welcome Back, Welcome Baaaacck...

In the Flash game Zombotron, zombos got tronned. In Zombotron II, Zombotron gets Zombotronner amidst new enemies and predicaments.
posted by Smart Dalek on Jun 19, 2012 - 8 comments

No Swearing in Utah

The United States of Swearing -- a map of profanity on Twitter.
posted by empath on Jan 27, 2011 - 49 comments

F*** Lyndon Johnson and wash the dishes.

English sentences without overt grammatical subjects. SLTF (Single link text file). NSFW (not even remotely). Via.
posted by notsnot on Nov 12, 2010 - 68 comments

Why do people use 'bad'words?

A web debate on cursing in private, public and online, part of a series of multiple perspective posts on the NYT called Room for Debate, has several experts, including Georgetown U. Professor and author of You just don't understand, Deborah Tanner, yet no one mentions George Carlin and his take on the seven words you can't say. Some claim we've always cursed, while others claim we curse on the web about as much as we do in real life and there is data people, on average, swear .3% to .7% of the time and frequency per person has more to do with personality than class.
posted by Berkun on Apr 13, 2010 - 118 comments

What the f#@! is everyone cursing about?

Cursebird is a real-time feed of people cursing on Twitter.
posted by chuckdarwin on Feb 10, 2009 - 44 comments

Cursing is associated with the limbic system.

Physicians reported a deaf man with Tourette's who used sign language to spell out obscenities during fits of coprolalia. [more inside]
posted by vapidave on Dec 6, 2008 - 34 comments

Faen!

Faen! (SLYT) Will teach you a useful Norwegian swear word. Warning: will offend Finns, who will find their own favorite curse mocked, and annoy Danes, who will find that the dapper hat-wearing, glasses-doffing Norwegian mispronounces their favorite curse word. (NSFW: Much cursing in English and various Scandinavian languages; brief image of copulating turtles.)
posted by languagehat on Nov 17, 2008 - 44 comments

Coco Wang: China 5:12 Earthquake

Ten simple, shattering comics about the earthquake in China. Via MoFi.
posted by By The Grace of God on Jun 1, 2008 - 63 comments

Life Is Sketch Comedy and God and the Bible

Mr. Show skits that became reality . (Warning: mature language)
posted by boost ventilator on Feb 6, 2008 - 43 comments

1898 baseball cursing policy, amply illustrated

"In terms of language, it is also the most offensive official Major League baseball document that we have ever seen." An auction house obtains a one page letter sent to baseball players in 1898, outlining the league's new anti-cursing policy. Includes lots of examples of the kind of language that is not allowed. Nervous auctioneers not sure how to exhibit it. Purely of historical interest, naturally. [more inside]
posted by LobsterMitten on Dec 2, 2007 - 86 comments

What The Fuck?

Why We Curse. An article by Steven Pinker, exploring the roots of modern "dirty words" and the psychohistory of how and why we use the expletives we use. [more inside]
posted by BeerFilter on Oct 10, 2007 - 72 comments

Flliiiieeeeeees!

John Mulford "Jack" Rebney, The World's Angriest RV Salesman. Circa 1989. [more inside]
posted by miss lynnster on Sep 7, 2007 - 16 comments

I'm f*cking Tintin, I am.

Yeah, you better walk away before you get a couple of fucking slaps! You know who I am? I'm fucking Tintin, mate, alright?
posted by slimepuppy on Jun 13, 2007 - 31 comments

Surprisingly, "fargin' bastage" doesn't count.

The Profane Game. Got a pottymouth? Test your curse word vocabulary with this simple game. You have one minute to enter as many naughty words as you can. (via)
posted by zardoz on Jan 29, 2007 - 55 comments

Son of Beetch! Shit!

Goodness gracious and heavens to Betsy, it's The Swearing Festival!
posted by fandango_matt on Feb 16, 2006 - 33 comments

May you grow like an onion- with your head in the ground!

"May you be like a lamp: hang by day, burn by night and be snuffed out in the morning." Welcome to the long tradition of Yiddish curses. According to one scholar of insults: Curses in other languages differ from Yiddish in both content and style...Anglo-Saxon cultures prefer insults dealing with excrement and body parts, Catholic countries are partial to blasphemy, and cultures of the Middle and Far East go for ancestor insults, while Yiddish curses have a baroque splendor. A bunch more examples are here (keep scrolling).
posted by blahblahblah on Nov 18, 2005 - 33 comments

The bowler's Holding, the batsman's Willey

The Origins and Common Usage of British Swear-words.
posted by nthdegx on Jul 4, 2005 - 47 comments

Cheney and Leahy throw down

Most of the rhymes kicked therein cannot be quoted in a family publication, but observers gave Mr. Cheney credit for his deceptively laid-back flow. Mr. Leahy was applauded for managing to rhyme the phrases "unethical for certain," "crude oil spurtin'," and "like Halliburton."
posted by xmutex on Jul 20, 2004 - 15 comments

How to do things with four-letter words.

How to do things with four-letter words. Why do we swear? Or, more importantly, why are swear words "bad" and other words are fine? Angus Kidman's thesus on the semantics of swearing in Australia - and most other English speaking places as well - tries to shed some light. Possibly NSFW.
posted by Fat Elvis on Apr 6, 2003 - 21 comments

A 'cussing canoeist' was almost robbed of his right to swear in public. Timothy Boomer yelled the f word close to 75 times in front of a 5 and 2 yo after falling out of his canoe on the Rifle River in Michigan. I damn near fell of my chair laughing!
posted by Why on Apr 1, 2002 - 12 comments

Roger's Profanisaurus

When I got tired of saying the word Fuck all the time, I switched over to the word Fuckity. When my friends pointed out that perhaps Fuckity was a bit twee, I was in a deep funk, until one day, when I discovered Roger's Profanisaurus - the definitive thesaurus of all things Scatalogical, Sexual and Rude. Zuffled lately? Gone whitewater wristing? Expand your vocabulary!

Link via Scott
posted by kristin on Oct 24, 2001 - 26 comments

Roll Your Own Curses in Gaelic

Roll Your Own Curses in Gaelic
Confirming my long held suspicion that the best the Web can do is automate and diversify Mad Libs functions.
posted by rschram on Aug 18, 2000 - 1 comment

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