If Australia’s anti-swearing laws are supposed to be protecting children, they’re doing a farking poor job of it:
In some Australian states, people can be spot-fined up to $500, and even spend time in prison, for swearing in public.
Quentin Bryce Law Doctoral Scholar at [University of Technology, Sydney], Elyse Methven, has pointed to research showing children are exposed to swearing at the age of one or two.
She said the evidence swear words were harmful was negligible.
And besides, the kids have already learned all those words — from you, okay? They learned them from you:
“Children around one or two know several swear words, and children of school age have a vocabulary of up to 42 taboo words.”
What’s more, there may be some therapeutic effect:
“There have been studies showing that when people swear, they can get some sort of pain-relief effect from the swearing.”
In which case, I know some people who should be able to smile while a lion gnaws on their extremities.