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The f-word loses one

Posted on the January 29th, 2010

As of yesterday, it’s illegal in Italy to use the f-word to insult your neighbors, ANSA.IT reports. The country’s highest court reversed its own 2007 ruling it in which it okayed the commonly used, four-letter, English word on the basis that it was… commonly used.

In Thursday’s ruling, instead, the court banned the handy little expletive, declaring that it’s insulting to your neighbors:

“…it should not be used with people living next to you “because neighbourly relations must be marked by greater mutual respect”.

“Otherwise, it would be impossible to get along,” said the court, which found an Ancona man guilty of “offending the honour” of the neighbours he told to “F-off” in a row over parking last year.”


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