New book claims kids curse before they learn ABCs

CINCINNATI - Parents may want to watch their language the next time someone cuts them off on the highway because a new book is claiming children are learning to curse before they learn the alphabet.

Author Melissa Mohr argues in her book "Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing " that parents and other adults are to blame. The book's publication date is listed at April 29.

Mohr claims a curse work is used about once every 140 words, according to a USA Today story . That makes foul language as popular as first person plural pronouns like "our," "us" and "we."

The book says children usually learn their first curse word around the age of 3 or 4. Also, Mohr says about 0.7% of spoken words on a given day are curse words.

The book, which is listed at a price of $24.95, tells the story of two kinds of swearing -- obscenities and oaths -- from ancient Rome and the Bible to today.

To read more about the book, go to http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/04/14/children-swearing/2082137/ .

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