I don’t want to be an alarmist, but there’s a chance we’re running out of swear words. Over the years, our language has become more coarse, and dropping F bombs and other profanities has been fully integrated into our daily exchanges. As use of the words becomes more acceptable, they lose their power. Then what? As MacClean’s Brian Bethune explains: “If English should lose its surprisingly small profane vocabulary set through overusage, we would be forced to invent new obscenities. That would be no easy task, given the polished perfection of what biology, time and chance has already bequeathed us.” (Are we ready for a world in which shit doesn’t happen?)