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Everyday dress from the reign of Edward II (1307-1327), created in 1910.
September 19, 2015 A scholar of medieval history believes he may have found the earliest recorded evidence of the "F-word." NPR's Scott Simon muses on what makes a word vulgar, or an obscenity.
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Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price did not raise his voice as he delivered 77 profanities in response to a reporter's question.
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April 25, 2015 Cincinnati Reds manager Bryan Price repeated a choice curse word 77 times in a press conference. NPR's Scott Simon defends profanity, but warns it can obscure meaning if too liberally applied.
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Eleanor Catton, author of The Luminaries poses for photographs Tuesday after winning the 2013 Man Booker Prize for Fiction at The Guildhall in London.
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October 16, 2013 Also: James Franco's new novel; Salvador Dali illustrates Don Quixote; the allure of unusable words.
Reputed mob boss John Gotti sits in New York Supreme Court in Manhattan, N.Y., on Jan. 20, 1990.
July 14, 2010 The backstory on the F.C.C. profanity case: How the "Teflon Don" rubbed out the "Seven Dirty Words."
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