In Russia, Government Swears You

Russia has started a rather ridiculous campaign to prevent its citizens from dropping f-bombs in their daily speech. This may not go over so well, as President Dmitry Medvedev has already launched a campaign aimed at convincing the people to stop drinking so damn much. The “plan” to get the Russian population to clean up their language is multi-pronged: education, fines, and my favorite: public humiliation.

The education campaign consists of dictionaries listing obscene words with their more polite equivalents. Workers are encouraged to memorize exclamations such as “Excuse me, you’re annoying me,” “Please don’t distract me,” “I’m stunned,” and “Wow.” In addition, public buildings and local stores are getting blanketed with slogans composed by local luminaries, such as “You’ll be fine if you don’t cross the line” and “In life, if you want to get anywhere, you’ll do better not to swear.” If folks are caught swearing, they can be fined 1,000 rubles (about US$33) for uttering profanities in public, but no one has actually gone to jail yet over bad words.

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