We need more swearing in children’s books

Swearing is one of life’s most joyous and creative releases – we must teach it early

British author Philip Pullman: miscreant or mothereffing maverick? Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

British author Philip Pullman: miscreant or mothereffing maverick? Photograph: Daniel Leal-Olivas/AFP/Getty Images

A recent fulmination in the Daily Mail called up unexpected memories of Mrs Doyle quoting an imaginary bonkbuster on Father Ted. “Then there’s the bad f-word. Worse than ‘feck’,” she explained. “F you and your effing wife, I’ll stick this effing pitchfork up your hole.”

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