New Jersey's Queen of Peace High School would like girls to stop cursing, saying it wants "ladies to act like ladies," a teacher tells the Record. So the Catholic school asked the girls, but not the boys, to take a pledge not to swear, NBC10 reports. The boys, instead, were told they "are not to swear in the presence of ladies." But they should take the pledge, too, says one girl: "Boys should be more like gentlemen."
Teachers say they're hoping the girls' clean talk will inspire boys. A boy, meanwhile, tells the Record that "it's unattractive when girls have potty mouths." But he says he can't stop himself from swearing while pitching for the school's baseball team. Good luck anyway, says the author of Why We Curse: People on average drop 80 to 90 off-color words a day, he writes, and "these programs NEVER work." (In other bizarre school-cursing news, a former Columbia student is suing the university, claiming it hospitalized him after he swore at his professor.)