American Writer Lewis Lapham Visualizes the Oldest English Swear Words

By: Meghan Young - Dec 24, 2014
References: laphamsquarterly.org & fastcodesign
There always comes a time when people sit back and wonder about a thing they have be using or doing or saying for what seems like forever and that is exactly what Lewis Lapham appears to have done recently. Yet Lewis Lapham has acted on his pondering by creating a timeline that visualizes the when the oldest English swear words first emerged.

A fun endeavor that people of all ages will love to peruse, if solely for the purpose of resurrecting some of the terms that have since flown under the radar, Lewis Lapham published his timeline in Lapham's Quarterly, a literary magazine established in 2007. Interestingly, Lewis Lapham shows that 'fart' is one of the oldest rude word to be uttered back in 1250.