Swearing's on the Increase -- Have you Noticed?
Back in 1930 when Freud's "Society and its Discontents" was published, profanity was seldomly used publicly, but when it was, it was used creatively. Nowadays it seems to be an everyday thing, sometimes an every-other-word thing....and especially among young people.
The Cincinnati Enquirer does an informal survey, including observations by librarians, teachers and students, most responding that parents and the media are to blame.
So watch that shhhhh thing...you might get a four-letter word back in response.