"Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet": Forget the ABC, toddlers prefer the F-word

'Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet': Forget the ABC, toddlers prefer the F word0.7% of all English spoken language is swearingMany children learn swear words before the alphabetBad language dates to Romans and Anglo-Saxons By Hugo Gye and David Gardner PUBLISHED: 14:59 GMT, 11 April 2013 | UPDATED: 04:07 GMT, 12 April 2013 Most children learn how to swear before they even know the alphabet, according to a new book that examines bad language and its origins. English speakers also use a curse word on average once in every 140 words, roughly the same proportion as the first person plural pronouns such as ‘we’, ‘us’ and ‘our.’ The surprising preponderance of swearing in everyday language probably explains why the majority of children know at least one obscene word by the age of two, says language expert Dr. Mellissa Mohr, from Stanford University in California.