> John Clark wrote:
> I'm not sure that modern writers' or film-makers' concepts of ancient 'bad
> language' are reliable! The content and nature of 'swearing' certainly seems
> to have changed over time.
I'm reminded of Dr Johnson's exchange of insults with a bargee, where he
concluded with: "Sir, your wife, under pretence of keeping a bawdy-house, is a
receiver of stolen goods."