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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Rationing the bad words

Daily Mail reports:
A secondary school is to allow pupils to swear at teachers - as long as they don't do so more than five times in a lesson. A running tally of how many times the f-word has been used will be kept on the board. If a class goes over the limit, they will be 'spoken' to at the end of the lesson.
Nice. If students are smart, they will use restraint as a tool. They'll refrain from using the f-word for the first 58 minutes of a one-hour class, as the teacher gets more and more nervous about what's coming. And then...

(Link via email from Abhishek Mehrotra.)

Update: Vimalanand Prabhu sends me a link to this fine article in the New York Times on the subject of cursing -- "an amalgam of raw, spontaneous feeling and targeted, gimlet-eyed cunning." Good stuff.
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