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Evolution of Profanity The evolution of written profanity began roughly in the sixteenth century and continues to change with each generation that it sees Profanity is recognized in many Shakespearean works and has continually evolved into the profane language used today Some cuss words have somehow maintained their original meanings throughout hundreds of years while many others have completely changed meaning or simply fallen out of use William Shakespeare though it is not widely taught was not a very clean writer In fact he was somewhat of a potty mouth His works encompassed a lot of things that some people wish he had not That includes a fair helping of sex violence crime horror politics religion anti-authoritarianism anti-semitism racism xenophobia sexism jealousy profanity satire and controversy of all kinds Macrone 6 In his time religious and moral curses were more offensive than biological curses Most all original before being censored Shakespearean works contain very offensive profanity mostly religious which is probably one of many reasons that his works were and are so popular Shakespeare pushed a lot of buttons in his day- which is one reason he was so phenomenally popular Despite what they tell you people like having their buttons pushed Macrone 6 Because his works contained so many of these profane words or phrases they were censored to protect the innocent minds of the teenagers who are required to read them and also because they were blasphemous and offensive Almost all of the profanity was removed and that that was not had just reason for being there Some of the Bards censored oaths are Gods blessing on your beard Loves Labors Lost IIi203 This was a very rude curse because a mans facial hair was a point of pride for him and to play with someones beard was to insult him Gods body 1 Henry IVIIi26
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