The curse of words

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uch hul­la­baloo about swear­ing re­cently (banned by the Wire­less mu­sic fes­ti­val), but I main­tain that a well-timed sweary mo­ment is much less of­fen­sive than other, seem­ingly in­no­cent words. When I worked at Tatler, we kept an email cir­cu­lat­ing around the of­fice with the sub­ject “BANNED WORDS”. If one of us thought of a new dirty word, we’d add it to the email and re-send it. The list in­cluded, but was not lim­ited to, “pooch”, “quaff”, “achingly”, “shindig”, “hubby”, “tasty” and “classy”. “Pile”, as in big house, was also on there, although oc­ca­sion­ally, when I was writ­ing about a duke, it was quite hard to come up with an­other word for “cas­tle”. My mother chips in here, say­ing she would like to add “vlog” to the list, be­cause she thinks it’s much worse than cer­tain other four-let­ter words.

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