04-21-2012, 09:43 PM
Can I presume the setting's going to be England then? In countries like France you'd be pretty discriminated against if you were protestant, or Jewish. Assuming the same applies for other Latin-speaking (and catholic in general) countries.
As for blasphemy; more harshly punished, but I would guess it played much the same role as sexual words does in English today. I doubt they were all soft spoken and inoffensive back then, especially among the peasantry. It's all about knowing when you can get away with it
I wouldn't be surprised if Americans are the reason for the change from religious to sexual, as they have traditionally been more accepting differing religious views, whereas in (for instance) Norway, where religious tolerance is a more recent change there is much higher emphasis or religious swear-words than sexual ones. Though that's quickly changing as secularism is becoming more and more prominent.
All largely guesswork, but I wouldn't be surprised if I'm on to something
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