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When did use of Profanity become common usage?

I've always wondered this. If we look at the movies, profanity wasn't really common til the mid 60's and the early 70's is when 'fuck' and 'shit' were used more frequently. I only ask because on Boardwalk Empire, they swear constantly and its the early 20's. I wonder if its an excuse to use it because its on HBO, or if thats how they talked. Same with shows like Rome and Sparticus :Blood and Sand
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Curse words were introduced alongside the advent of the color tv, hence the term "Colorful Language."
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Originally Posted by Rypro 525 View Post
I wonder if its an excuse to use it because its on HBO,
I think that's a large part of it, although the best series that HBO ever ran had relatively little profanity.

Overall, I think it's a general reflection of the coarsening of our society. I know I'm guilty of it, but I work with computers, so I have a valid excuse
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Cursing (and sex and nudity) were not evident in movies until the 60's because the Hay's Code censored them from the early 30's until the late 60's. It had nothing to do with how people actually speak.

As an example, one of my WB Gangster box sets (can't recall which one) has a bonus feature called "breakdowns of 1938" or something like that. It's basically a studio gag reel with some behind the scenes footage of actors like Bogie and Robinson blowing their lines and then cursing with all the words we used today.

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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

When I was seven years old, I thought I invented masturbation. Turns out that people had been doing it for a really long time.

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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Oh what I hate are the Rated "R" movies that are so rated basically for language. Used to be we would get to see some bewbies
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Originally Posted by Jason View Post
The best series that HBO ever ran had relatively little profanity.
I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on Deadwood.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

In real life, married couples slept in separate beds, and no one ever went to the bathroom, until about 1967.

Movies =/= Real Life
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Originally Posted by Groucho View Post
I think we're going to have to agree to disagree on Deadwood.
I was thinking of Band of Brothers, you #!%!%#!

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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

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In real life, married couples slept in separate beds, and no one ever went to the bathroom, until about 1967.
Also, children were conceived by a long passionate kiss. You knew the conception was successful because everything would fade into darkness and the next thing you know you'd be eating breakfast.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Personally, I didn't start going to the bathroom since 1980
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

But didn't Foreign films allow Profanity way before American films?
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

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But didn't Foreign films allow Profanity way before American films?
Bollocks!
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

I've seen an interview with Louis L'Amour where he said that cowboys didn't use foul language. I tend to believe him. I don't think that cowboys were any moral than we are, but it was the Victorian Era. Proper people didn't say that sort of things.

I own a lot of books on slang and common language. Dictionaries of slang have citations for some bad words that go back centuries. People have been using vulgarities for a long time. The acceptance of vulgarity in good society ebbs and flows.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

the word cowboys comes from a mexican gang called the Cow Boys. I'm sure they cursed

i'm sure american cowboys cursed as well since almost everyone in the line of work where the work is physical does so
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

When was the last time someone flushed the potty?
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

My father is 84 and has always told me how much his father used to curse when he was a kid. Its been around but probably more colorful now. I only curse in private, like when I am trying to put together furniture that needs assembly.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

I think it was around the same time people stopped wearing suits to baseball games.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

When mankind formed a spoken language.

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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

fuck if I know
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

We can blame George Carlin.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

I think the better question is when did society declare certain words profanity?
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

When people realized that they're just words.
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Re: When did use of Profanity become common usage?

Originally Posted by Living Dead View Post
Cursing (and sex and nudity) were not evident in movies until the 60's because the Hay's Code censored them from the early 30's until the late 60's. It had nothing to do with how people actually speak.

As an example, one of my WB Gangster box sets (can't recall which one) has a bonus feature called "breakdowns of 1938" or something like that. It's basically a studio gag reel with some behind the scenes footage of actors like Bogie and Robinson blowing their lines and then cursing with all the words we used today.
My father and I discussed the same subject recently. My son just finished boot camp and my mother was lamenting the fact Drill Instructors used foul language. My father said when he was in the army during the Korean war the DIs and just about everybody in the military swore up a storm. Despite what you read or see in movies, people have always cussed.

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