PopStuff Show Notes: Episode 56: Swearing

by | Apr 5, 2012 11:15 AM ET

Holly and I are both a little foul-mouthed. For varying degrees of "little." And, in a burst of insight, we decided to talk about swearing for an entire podcast.

  • How bleeping affects people's perspectives on whether a show is entertaining
  • The awesomeness of the Count, censored, and Jimmy Kimmel swearing
  • The taboo sources of swearwords, which are themselves swear
  • Swearing at work
  • Various swearing anecdotes, some of which you can find the source of on YouTube
  • Swearing and nursing
  • Swearing and coaching
  • Benevolent sexism
  • When I was in the drum and bugle corps, and we had to do 10 push-ups for every letter in the swearword we said (if we got caught)
  • Various swearing contexts: in relationships, at inanimate objects, and whatnot
  • The incongruity of Betty White and Bob Saget
  • The Christian Bale meltdown audio
  • Swearing and video games
  • How much swearing is really on TV, even though we have the perception that it's not allowed
  • The varying versions of the Cee Lo Green song, and Naughty By Nature (though I think the group I was really thinking of was 2 Live Crew)
  • Standards and Practices
  • Things that sound like words but are not. Like sofa king.
  • Unintentionally sexual news graphics
  • Trends of permissiveness
  • Listener mail! From Bridget, who talked about how musicians travel with instruments, in response on our Release the Hounds episode

My research:

  • Aitchison, Jean. "Whassup? Slang and Swearing Among School Children." Education review. Vol. 19, No. 2.
  • Howell, Jennifer L. and Traci A. Guiliano. "The Effect of Expletive Use and Team Gender Perceptions of Coaching Effectiveness." The Journal of Sport Behavior. Vol. 31, No. 1
  • Ivory, James D. et al. "Good clean fun? A content analysis of profanity in video games and its prevalence across game systems and ratings." Cyber Psychology & Behavior. Vol. 12, No. 4, 2009.
  • Kaye, Barbara K. and Barry S. Sapolsky. "Taboo or Not Taboo? That is the Question: Offensive Language on Prime-time Broadcast and Cable Programming." Journal of Broadcasting & Electronic Media. Vol. 53, no. 1.
  • Krcmar, Marina and Steve Sohn. "The Role of Bleeps and Warnings in Viewers' Perceptions of On-air Cursing." Journal of Broadcasting and Electronic Media." Vol. 48, No. 4
  • Sapolsky, Barry S. and Barbara K. Kaye. "The Use of Offensive Language by Men and Women in Prime Time Television Entertainment." Atlantic Journal of Communication.
  • Stone, T.E. et al. "Swearing: Its Prevalence in Healthcare Settings and Impact on Nursing Practice." Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. 2010.

Holly's research:

Episode link: Swearing

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