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Comics bad mouths -- A recent study looks at how often expletives are found in comic strips

During a six-year study of the funnies, Massachusetts psycholinguist Tim Jay discovered that:

Sunday comics have 25 percent more epithets than do daily strips.

Male characters toss out 70 to 80 percent of these utterances.

''Damn,'' ''hell,'' ''bitch,'' and even ''commie'' are popular. Other fave put-downs: ''dweeb,'' ''maggot,'' ''lardo,'' ''chowderhead,'' ''bonehead,'' ''lunatic,'' and the devastating ''nutbar.''

Originally posted Oct 04, 1991 Published in issue #86 Oct 04, 1991 Order article reprints

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