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Cursing in Ireland

Irish kids cursing a stranger

Mountjoy Square Dublin Ireland, June 2001 —

This morning I heard some Irish kids cursing a man who was passing.

I'd seen the boys earlier, having gone to the window to look when I had heard somebody break something. There were three of them, 11 to 12 years old.

"Foawk you," one of them said.

"Oh, fawk your mother," the man said, and kept walking.

"Foawk off..." (in a lilting pitch rising delicately at the end....) "Fawk you..." etc.

The boys kept cursing as the man kept walking.