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'Notes and Swearies: The Use of Blasphemy and Swearing in the BEF 1914-1918' with Mark Connelly

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Mark Connelly will be giving a talk on 'Notes and Swearies: The Use of Blasphemy and Swearing in the BEF 1914-1918'. Soldiers were renowned for their use of obscenities, and to a lesser extent, blasphemies, during the First World War. As well as peppering their spoken language, it also played a crucial role in many songs which were then adopted by…


24 October : ‘Notes and Swearies: Blasphemy and Obscene Language in Soldiers’ speech and song, 1914-1919’ with Professor Mark Connelly (University of Kent)

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British veterans of the First World War often commented on the obscene language and blasphemy they experienced in the army. This talk will examine the extent to which this reputation was deserved. It will also seek to explore how and why soldiers turned to swearing and obscene language as a way of expressing their feelings. It will ask to what exte…