In the Netherlands, the League Against Swearing (slogan: “Spreken met Respekt”) has been campaigning for nearly 100 years against bad language. They place posters at bus and train stops (ideal places to catch the frustrated swearer, if experience is anything to go by) with slogans like “Swearing will not yield relief,” and “Swearing is acquired! Don’t become a copycat.”  These campaigns are paid for by their 30,000 members who each donate a minimum of €10 a year to support the league’s campaigns.

The League gives its ten reasons to not swear on the English-language page of its website. These include:

10: It is my way of honoring God who said: ‘Thou shalt not take the Name of the Lord thy God in vain’.

9: It makes a very desirable personality among women and children and in all respectable society.

7: It impresses people that I have more than ordinary education.

6: It leaves no doubt in anyone’s mind as to my good breeding.

2: It is a fine mark of manliness.

and at number 1:

It pleases mother so much.


If you’d like to give your mother an unusual Mother’s Day present this weekend, why not donate here?