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How many swear words do you say each day?

I took a very unscientific poll (posed the question to my Facebook network) and found some amusing and candid answers. "In my head? At least 200," one friend said. "Under my breath? Maybe 100. Muttered? About a dozen. Spoken at full volume? Probably fewer than three. But that's on a good day."

Wikipedia tells me that "tape-recorded conversations found that roughly 80–90 spoken words each day are swear words." That might sound like a lot of taboo words but most people speak between 15,000 and 16,000 words a daily, field studies show.

Another friend said she swore a lot more when she was watching "The Wire" and "The Sopranos" on  TV. Good thing she wasn’t tuning into the show "Deadwood,’’ which had an abundance of potty-mouthed pioneers.

A couple other people who were polled said the number of swear words they utter each day depends on if they are driving, working or watching sports.

Most people said they believe they cuss about 20 to 40 times a day

If you’ve tried to forget the f-bombs and win the battle against bad words, this is the week to do it.

California lawmakers recently passed a resolution making this week officially "No Cussing Week." The idea to swear off swear words came in part from California Democratic Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, who co-wrote a measure to promote "harmony and good manners" among his colleagues. 

The swear police won't be on duty around the state Capitol but lawmakers do plan to put money into a kitty for charity if they use a swear word.

Lawmakers didn’t come up with this idea on their own. Three years ago, a South Pasadena teen named McKay Hatch, then 14, launched a No Cussing Club at his junior high school. The club took off and now there are more than 100 clubs with 35,000 online members in every state in the union, according to statistics on the No Cussing Web site.

If you plan to give No Cussing  Week a try, shoot me an email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  and let me know how it goes. Have a great friggin week-KB.

Last Updated (Friday, 22 April 2011 19:59)



0 #1 2010-09-01 23:00
Before my daughter was born, my husband had "the talk" with me ..about my language! I couldn't believe it!

Though I've done fairly well with my verbal assaults, for awhile my 3 year old would grumble "oh cramp" when something wrong happened.

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