‘History of Swear Words’: Nicolas Cage Unveils the history, Origins, Pop Culture Usage and Cultural Impact of Swear Words

  • AUTHOR: midhat
  • POSTED ON: January 5, 2021

Who would have thought that one day, Nicolas Cage would give lessons on swear words on January 5? In fact, it wasn’t even in our wildest dreams that there would be a Netflix original based on the concept of swear words – even if we did, we would have imagined Ryan Reynolds in this equation, right?

But guess we were wrong; no one could better explain the science and history behind swear words than Nicolas Cage himself. 

The actor is no stranger to swear words, but this time, he is taking a more educational approach with phrases that are forbidden yet widely used (especially by these jerk celebrities).

If you’re planning to make a miniseries about the complicated phenomenon of curse words, both about their history and their forbidden cultural impact, you won’t find a better host than Cage!

Also, read in detail about the history and cultural impact of 'Fuck' 'Bitch' 'Dick' 'Pusssy' etc here!

The six-episode series opens with Cage screaming his lungs out, “Fuccccckkkk….” And believe us, it gets more interesting from there! He continues to explain the history of this supposed acronym, describing how people interpreted swear words while using and hearing them.

The series is not as informative as a TED talk would be, and not as funny as an original standup routine, but it’s somewhere in between of education and entertainment.

Besides, it’s pretty fascinating how a streaming giant stepping into the etymology and social implication around swear words, since the use of swear words in popular culture has become increasingly common!

Read the five shocking facts of the History of Swear Words!

Every episode of the Netflix series “History of Swear Words” takes an all-angle approach at a number of profanities, racial slurs, and other phrases that are deemed culturally offensive.

The series are more inclined towards highlighting the pleasure we get after screaming “fuck” with our lungs out, crying out “shit” after facing a disappointment, and a bunch of creative genital substitutes.

However, Netflix’s “History of Swear Words” has its fair share of flaws. It’s not as funny as it teases to be, to be honest. But if you’re curious to know how the Ghost rider star would explain the etymology of profanities, you’ll find it quite satisfying.

The show is executive produced by Bellamie Blackstone with Joe Randazzo serving as a head writer. Each 20-minute episode of “History of Swear Words” is dedicated to a single swear word – fuck, shit, bitch, Dick, Pussy and Damn, to name a few. 

The show goes on to explain the etymology, origin, and linguistic history with the help of scholars and experts. It debunks several myths attached to the origin of swear words, for example, the word “Shit” is not an acronym for “Ship High In Transit.” The show also examines various words with divided meanings, some offensive and some naughty!

Here's the top viral memes of the History of Swear Words!

The series has done a remarkable job of giving much more information, despite having a short runtime.

The “Shit” episode features a worthy mention of Isiah Whitlock Jr, The Wire star. The “Dick” episode features Sarah Silverman talking about funny named congressman Dick Swett.

You will be surprised to know that the word “damn,” which isn’t really considered a bad word in today’s world, is the only curse word in the show that was actually used to curse someone back in the days.

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Updated January 5, 2021
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