Cursing usually "kicks off" when a child is three or four.
English-speakers actually use a curse word about once every 140 words
About 0.7% of all English words spoken on a given day are swear words.
Cursing can be valuable, relieving us of pain (think hammer on finger) or helping us bond with others (like workers complaining about their managers).
Cursing goes way back: Like us, Romans insulted people with curse words related to sexuality. The most basic of curse words—"s**t"—dates back to Anglo-Saxons who spoke in Old English.
The 1939 American classic Gone with the Wind made history when Clark Gable uttered one of cinema’s most famous lines, “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn,”resulting in a $5,000 fine.
No cursing, please, your Nexus One might be listening: Reuters has discovered a quirk with the Google phone's nifty voice-recognition feature. If you say "bulls**t," the readout on the screen will be "bull####." Ditto with other favorite phrases of the potty-mouthed.
As potty-mouthed vice presidents go, Dick Cheney is utterly unrepentant about his 2004 slip of the F-bomb in which he told Pat Leahy to go "f**k yourself.