Most toddlers know the F*** word before they know the alphabet !

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I’m discussing swearing on BBC Radio Wales as most children learn how to swear before they  even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and  its origins out today.

English speakers also use a swear word on  average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the first person  plural pronouns such as ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our’ or that’s once every tweet !

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.

Rather than lazy language,  obscenities can  have practical uses, such as providing relief from pain  if a person gets hurt,  for instance when you hit your hand with a  hammer.

Studies have shown that swearing sometimes  has a genuine physiological effect on the body.

Swearing also helps to form social  solidarity – for example, when workers use swear words while talking  about  their managers, it builds an ‘in-group’ which aids social and  professional  interaction.

So what do you think?

I wrote an article about whether it was OK for kids to swear at you as I had lots of parents asking me on my “Parenting Made Easy Talks” about how to handle it.

Click  on my article

Is it OK for your children to swear at you?




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