vulgarities in silent films

Robert S. Wachal robert-wachal at UIOWA.EDU
Sat Jun 10 21:46:07 UTC 2000

I remember reading that deaf lip readers used to variously complain or
enjoy the vulgar utterances. I would not waste your time with a trick
question nor an idle one.  I am finishing a paper for American Speech on
vulgar language.


At 04:13 PM 6/10/00 -0400, you wrote:
>On Sat, 10 Jun 2000, Robert S. Wachal wrote:
>>I got just one response, so I am posting once again.
>>Can anyone point me to quotable sources and examples of the claim that
>>vulgarities were often uttered in silent films?
>I'm having trouble with this question. Since the films were silent, how
>could anything have been uittered in them? I thought it was a trick

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