In 1914 … Eliza Doolittle, in George Bernard Shaw’s Pygmalion, caused a sensation, and nearly a riot, when she answered: “Not bloody likely” to the question of whether she was going to walk home. The word had not been heard on the stage before.Just over 50 years later the theatre critic Kenneth Tynan, first used the word “f***” on television, creating an uproar. But those who protested and thought it would lead to a coarsening not only of language but of culture itself were soon relegated to the ranks of the fuddy-duddies, whose views could be ignored like those of the Flat Earth Society.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
… Express.co.uk — How polite Britain became addicted to foul language. (Hat tip, Dave Lull.)