“During WWII, when women were employed in large numbers in war industries, notices devised by women were occasionally seen, testifying to the thoughtfulness with which they used their new-found privilege. A typical notice seen in an aircraft factory (by a reporter for the the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin, Sept 16th 1942), read: ‘No swearing. There may be gentlemen about.'”
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Montagu, A., 1967. The anatomy of swearing, University of Pennsylvania Press. P87
Beseech your majesty,
Forbear sharp speeches to her: she’s a lady
So tender of rebukes that words are strokes
And strokes death to her.
Cymbeline III, v
This is most brave,That I, the son of a dear father murdered,Prompted to my revenge by heaven and hell,Must, like a whore, unpack my heart with wordsAnd fall a-cursing like a very drab,A scullion!
Hamlet II, ii