The advent of abusive/swearing words I was just wondering when and who might have started abusive words. Tried but google was of no great help. As far as I know, Darwin did not even mention them in any of his books, though he might have used some of these words. It looks like it all started from the very beginning of the creation. Humans started showing their anger or dislike in resentful tones and words for each other. Then, I came across a book, with a list of insulting words Shakespeare used in his plays. Some of them are here. Shakespearean Insults Bald plated - Bald man Artless -Foolish Baggage- Characterless woman Bed pressure- Lazy Boiled brains- Hot-headed Blockhead- Dumb Coldblooded- Heartless Deceptions- Deceitful Fawning- Sycophant Plumpy- Fat Reeky- Foul-smelling Eye offending- Eyesore It is not clear if these words were coined by Shakespeare or were in use already. In any case, I guess no one would like to take ownership of such words. However, with time, more words were invented, with still more wickedness and hatred and punch. It somehow turned into a competition sort as to who could come up with new and more abusive words. Our stand-up comedians, film script writers, and me too groups in different languages added their own. It did not stop with dogs, asses, or pigs. It went on and on and started including mothers, sisters, and daughters. Now we have social media like Twitter, Facebook, and others including some google groups. Some age-old lovely words like Pappu are now an abuse. I do not think, any parent would like to name their newborn kid son Pappu. Some guys, and best friends at that, use them to tease each other.