Bird is the Word

“By the late 18th century, sex, excretion and the parts associated with same had come to be treated as equally profane as ‘swearing’ in the religious sense.” The WSJ’s John H. McWhorter takes a look back at the the evolution of profanity (up to, but not including, my 9 year-old son’s decision to Instagram a photo of himself flipping the bird).

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