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  • irishtimes.com - Posted: April 13, 2010 @ 6:35 pm

    Mind Your Language

    Deaglán de Bréadún

    The issue of foul language usage in the media and the public sphere generally is something I have written about in our print edition. Let me assure readers I am far from being a paragon of pure speech but the casual use of expletives when, say, children could be listening, is something I would deplore. I see it is becoming an issue in the US. For more click here

    • Desmond FitzGerald says:

      Is it any worse than giving your children crisps for breakfast, not teaching them to wash their hands, brush their teeth, say please and thank you, provide a clean warm home for their children, stop wearing pyjamas to the shops etc etc. Seems bad language is the least of the problems that should worry people.

    • Paul H says:

      Deaglan (if I remember your county origins correctly) you might be interested to know that my father (born Mayo, educated Dublin, lived Waterford last 40 years) always says that he still remembers being shocked at the foul language the first time he visited Wexford. And they don’t even have 50 years of not winning the all Ireland to curse about.

    • kynos says:

      My mother remembers her grandfather giving her uncle a slap across the face one day and him in his twenties for using what he called “a soldier’s word”. Coincidence I’m sure that he later went off and became a soldier. But in Cork in the 1930s you didn’t say that word I am told. Well things have changed.


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