The lost joy of swearing

3 November 2018 9:00 am

Upon discovering that Sinéad O’Connor has converted to Islam, I was about as shocked as a Yuletide shopper hearing the…

An away day with foul-mouthed football fans is very heaven for my sons

1 April 2017 9:00 am

I can barely contain my excitement. The Easter break is nearly upon us and I will soon be heading off…

Don’t censor Geert Wilders – or let him near power

4 February 2017 9:00 am

Going Dutch Sir: As a Dutch man who lives in Britain, I found it heartening to read two such different…

We live in a golden age of swearing

26 November 2016 9:00 am

Authors’ book tours are often fun but rarely easy. For me the long train journeys are a delight, but on…

How often do people (even judges) swear?

20 August 2016 9:00 am

Four-letter surveys A judge at Chelmsford Crown Court who was sworn at by a man she was sentencing to jail…

Disgusted of London - A.L. Kennedy's Serious Sweet reviewed

14 May 2016 9:00 am

Twenty-four long hours, two lonely people, one city in decline. This is the premise of A.L. Kennedy’s new novel Serious…

Warning: this book only contains strong language

7 November 2015 9:00 am

Dan Marshall, the author of this memoir, loves to swear. ‘It’s very difficult for me to write a sentence without…

The remarkable discovery of Roger Fuckebythenavele

26 September 2015 8:00 am

A great discovery has been made by Dr Paul Booth, a fellow of Keele University. It is a 14th-century example…

When did the advertising industry get so obsessed with swearing and innuendo?

21 February 2015 9:00 am

The advertising industry is obsessed with innuendo and dirty words

We should be grateful for Andy Murray (and Kim Sears)

7 February 2015 9:00 am

It wasn’t that long ago when the most exciting event in any British tennis fan’s life was whether Jeremy Bates…

Twelve miles of indefatigable misery

24 January 2015 9:00 am

The taxi-driver wound his window one third of the way down and put a priestlike, confessional ear to the freezing…

Why I’ve joined Lebanon’s exodus

1 November 2014 9:00 am

The long shadow of the Islamic State means that many Christians are packing up and leaving Lebanon

Mind your language: Frack vs frag

10 August 2013 9:00 am

‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a frack,’ replied my husband unwittily when I asked how he’d feel if shale…

The ‘c’ word used to be the one thing you could never say. How times change

11 December 2010 12:00 am

The kids are all asleep, the wife is in bed reading feminist propaganda, from outside in the darkness I hear the shocked keewick of a Little Owl.