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Replacing Swearing with Smut.

Linguist Geoffrey Nunberg tells us why cursing ain't what it used to me. He explains how in Elizabethan times an oath carried with it the true fear of God. (Note: Nunberg uses some examples in this commentary, for example "Jesus Christ!" "Goddamn it," and "son of a bitch.")

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Other segments from the episode on March 7, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, March 7, 1990: Interview with Leonard Leff; Review of three hard rock albums; Interview with Michael Moriarty; Commentary on cursing.

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