U.S. Sen. Carl Levin repeatedly quotes the phrase "sh--ty deal" from a Goldman Sachs memo. Rapper Kanye West titles his new album "Good Ass Job." And "son of a bitch" has become a catchphrase on television's popular "Lost."
From Hollywood to Washington, profanity is peppering the lexicon, even in polite company. Not so long ago you couldn't utter the words on TV or print them in newspapers. Today, off-color language has become commonplace, celebrated, even commercialized. Just hours after the news of the scatological shenanigans broke during last week's Senate hearing, T-shirts emblazoned with the phrase went on sale.
Some wordsmiths warn that we are headed toward a future where nothing is bleep-worthy. They worry that changing how we speak may change who we are.
"I'm appalled by the degradation of the language around me," says Silicon Valley poet laureate Nils Peterson, profess
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