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President Vladimir Putin has signed a law on Monday prohibiting swearing in public performances, including cinema, theatre and other forms of art.

The law will come into effect on July 1, and afterwards swearing in films, plays and concerts will incur penalties of up to 2,500 rubles ($70) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles for companies and organizations.

A similar measure was passed in April 2013, banning swearing in media. In December 2013, the Institute of Russian Language at the Russian Academy of Sciences complied a list of four words that constitute swearing and will thus be banned. Two depict male and female reproductive organs, one describes the process of copulation and the last refers to a promiscuous woman.

Putin Bans the F-Word From Movies and Plays (Ivan Nechepurenko, The Moscow Times)

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MOVES TO reform and modernise the Dáil are on the agenda for Ceann Comhairle Seán Barrett in the new year, including a parliamentary television channel by the end of the year, procedural changes, a new dress code and the banning of four-letter words.

“We have live coverage to approximately 25 per cent of the population through UPC, the cable system. What we’re able to do is relay what you see and hear in Leinster House, live, and we’re now working towards trying to have Sky take it on board,” he added.

It is hoped the national broadcaster will also get involved.

Barrett wants TDs to smarten up and stop swearing for TV (Irish Times)

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Researchers at Keele University in the UK have discovered that swearing actually increases pain tolerance. You knew that. But now you know that.

In the study, researchers asked participants for five words they’d likely use after hitting their thumb with a hammer; the first word listed would be their go-to profanity during the experiment. (They were also asked to list five boring words — ones they’d use to describe a table.) Participants were then instructed to submerge their unclenched hand in a container of 41-degree water, and keep it there — while repeatedly cursing — for as long as they could. Before and after plunging their hands into the chilly water, their heart rate was recorded. And after they could no longer stand the cold temperature, they were asked to rate the amount of pain they were in, too.

What’s surprising is that the researchers had thought that swearing would make the cold water feel much colder, lowering the participants’ tolerance for pain and heightening their perception of it. “In fact, the opposite occurred — people withstood a moderately to strongly painful stimulus for significantly longer if they repeated a swear word rather than a nonswear word,”

Swearing Really Is A Powerful Pain Killer Study Shows (MSNBC)