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Russia's New 'Blogger's Law' Tightens Grip on Internet

Putin also signs law banning swearing

(Newser) - Russia's Internet is going to start looking a lot more like China's under a restrictive new law signed by Vladimir Putin, critics say. The measure dubbed the "blogger's law" will remove anonymity from bloggers and declares any website with more than 3,000 daily visitors to... More »

This State Swears More Than Any Other

Ohioans aren't too polite on the phone: study

(Newser) - If you're easily offended, you may want to cover your ears during any business call with Ohioans. This is according to a new survey of taped phone calls—the kind with your bank, for instance—in which they warn you that your call may be recorded. During such calls,... More »

Cemetery: No, You Can't Put the F-Word on a Grave

Family sought expletive-laden inscription

(Newser) - Despite a family's wishes, visitors to a Massachusetts cemetery won't be seeing the F-word on any headstones. After 23-year-old Sonny Santiago died in a February car accident, his family asked the maker of his headstone to write a controversial inscription: "You gonna remember the damn name/ I... More »

Sheldon Adelson Suing Reporter for Calling Him 'Foul-Mouthed'

Compared to ex-CEO who 'rarely curses'

(Newser) - Proving that one man's badge of honor is another man's definition of libel, billionaire Sheldon Adelson has sued a Wall Street Journal reporter after an article suggested he was fond of profanity. The piece, by Kate O'Keeffe and Alexandra Berzon, said the casino honcho was "a... More »

No Laughs Over Onion's Super Nasty Oscar Tweet

Satirical newspaper in hot water after calling Quvenzhane Wallis the c-word

(Newser) - Pro tip for the Onion: When your joke involves the c-word, it shouldn't also involve a 9-year-old girl. The satirical newspaper is in hot water for one of its Oscar tweets posted last night involving Best Actress nominee Quvenzhane Wallis. The Huffington Post has a screenshot: "Everyone else... More »

NJ School Bans Cursing —If You're a Girl

Staff wants 'ladies to act like ladies'

(Newser) - 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... More »

It's World Middle Finger Day

Because if Hallmark can do it, why not bitter people?

(Newser) - As Newser fumbled with the alarm in the dark this morning, it had a special feeling that today was not just any Wednesday, and lo and behold it is not: It is World Middle Finger Day, reports Wired , which compiles some of the best bird-flying clips available on the big... More »

Massachusetts Town's Fine for Swearing in Public: $20

Keep it clean in public, folks

(Newser) - Say it with us: "Oh, fudge." Anyone traveling to Middleborough, Mass., will want to make sure such phrases are part of their vocabulary, because anyone caught swearing in a public area will now be slapped with a $20 fine. Town residents voted 183-50 last night in approval of... More »

Arizona Bill Would Restrict Teachers' Speech

Proposed legislation would punish those who violate FCC standards

(Newser) - Arizona doesn't want its teachers cussing in class—and new proposed legislation would actually make it illegal to do so. GOP state lawmakers are behind Senate Bill 1467, which would require public school teachers to adhere to the FCC's TV and radio standards. That means certain limits on... More »

Enough With the Outrage Over MIA's Middle Finger

It was hardly the most offensive thing about the Super Bowl: Sasha Frere-Jones

(Newser) - NBC, the NFL, and MIA herself have now all apologized for the singer's middle finger incident at the Super Bowl—but why? "Unless somebody was handing out Xanax with the foam fingers, Lucas Oil Stadium was ringing with the music of profanities" during the game, writes Sasha Frere-Jones... More »

Modern Family Kid Draws Wrath Over F-Bomb

Anti-profanity group wants episode pulled

(Newser) - Turns out there's something called the "No Cussing Club," and its membership doesn't want you to see tonight's episode of Modern Family, in which a toddler appears to swear. The group has asked ABC to pull the episode of the sitcom because of a storyline... More »

Virtual Swear Jar Turns Your Potty Mouth Into Charity

'Charity Swear Box' urges you to donate $1 per bad word

(Newser) - If your New Year’s resolution is to stop swearing so much, why not do some good at the same time? Giving a modern twist to the idea of putting money into a glass jar every time you curse, " Charity Swear Box" monitors your Twitter feed for naughty words.... More »

Rahm Has a Potty-Mouthed Twitter Impersonator

And the feed is way more popular than the real thing

(Newser) - A fake Twitter feed that has fun with Rahm Emanuel's fluency in f-bombs is taking off. The feed @MayorEmanuel has more than 26,000 followers, triple the number of the Chicago candidate's real feed . Even Emanuel says he checks in, and the tweets usually make him smile, notes the Huffington... More »

Pennsylvania Cops Now Let You Swear All You Want

Cops will no longer issue tickets for naughty words

(Newser) - Say it with me, foul-mouthed Pennsylvanians: Hot damn! It is officially no longer a crime to utter choice four-letter words in the presence of state police. They've agreed to stop citing the public for cursing as part of a settlement yesterday of a federal free-speech lawsuit. That suit stems from... More »

Spanish Curse Word Costs Teacher $15K

But debate rages over whether word is actually that bad

(Newser) - A New York high school teacher was fined $15,000 for using the word "cono" numerous times in class. Sounds harmless—and it can be, depending on which group of people you're using it with—but the word literally is a reference to female sexual organs, according to the... More »

The Overused Middle Finger: Meaningless?

It's everywhere, and is barely shocking anymore

(Newser) - From Lindsay Lohan to Lady Gaga to a friggin’ senator , it seems everyone is giving everyone else the finger these days. Flipping the bird has become so commonplace it’s not shocking anymore, although it still has the capacity to spawn viral videos (see left for a now-infamous BBC weatherman).... More »

Korean Teacher Explains How to Swear in America

It's to better understand us

(Newser) - Jason Kottke has posted a seemingly legit video on his Kottke.org site with the only introduction possible: "You wouldn't think a Korean man teaching his class how to swear in English would be so funny." He also praises the instructor's mannerisms and ability to channel "Goodfellas-era... More »

Girl, 13, Spills C-Word, Twice, on Today Show

Out of the mouths of babes

(Newser) - An innocent-looking 13-year-old girl calmly burbled the C-word—twice—on national TV yesterday without missing a beat. "We just have to be careful with our language, but that's all right, sweetheart," says the all- forgiving Meredith Vieira on the Today Show . "Oh, sorry," says Kayla Manson.... More »

Sorry for All That Cussing: MTV

Movie Awards clocked almost one profanity per minute

(Newser) - The censors were extremely busy during Sunday night's MTV Movie Awards—the pro-"traditional values" Culture and Media Institute clocked " at least 100 bleep-worthy words " in 122 minutes—and the network is very, very sorry. Sort of. "While we aired the live broadcast with a delay, we... More »

Yahoo CEO to Tech Blogger: 'F*** Off'

Carol Bartz tangles with Michael Arrington at TechCrunch Disrupt

(Newser) - Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, never one to mince words, turned up at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference today and wound up telling TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington to "fuck off." The famously potty-mouthed exec didn't like the line of questioning the blogger was pursuing, and she reminded him that he's... More »

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