We’re Cursing More. Blame Covid.

Pandemic stress, the melding of personal and professional spheres, and an exhausted slide toward casualness are making many of us swear more.

It is “a perfect swearing storm,” says Michael Adams, a linguist at Indiana University Bloomington. Since the beginning of the pandemic, Mentions of profanities are up 27% on twitter and 27% on Facebook. 

Denver-based Inversoft Inc.’s CleanSpeak profanity-filtering software, which is used by companies that host online communities and other discussion forums, says the volume of filtered words has more than tripled in the past 18 months. “People are becoming more aggressive in their use of profane and sexually explicit terms,” says Inversoft’s Chief Executive Don Bergal.