*#%$! says my pre-schooler

In Where’s My Damn Juicebox? (great headline) Core Knowledge Blog looks at the research on young children’s growing vocabularies:

Children are swearing at an earlier age and more often than children did just a few decades ago, according to Timothy Jay, a psychology professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts. “By the time kids go to school now, they’re saying all the words that we try to protect them from on television,” says Jay. “We find their swearing really takes off between (ages) three and four.”

. . .  “Nearly two-thirds of the adults surveyed that had rules about their children swearing at home found they broke their own rules on a regular basis . . .

When my brother David was born, my sister was 14, I was 13 and our older younger brother was 10. David learned a regrettably large vocabulary at a very young age. I could tell stories, but I try to keep this a clean blog.

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