Parramatta second in NSW for potty mouths

Parramatta has been ranked second in the state after Sydney for the most number of people fined for foul language, NSW crime statistics show.

Parramatta’s potty mouths copped 150 fines in the last 12 months, behind Sydney’s 382.

The state average for swearing offences was 59.4 fines per 100,000 population, with the worst offence rates, considering population rates, listed in order as Coonamble, Bourke, Tumut Shire and Deniliquin, with Parramatta at 54th.

People in Lake Macquarie, Port Stephens and Upper Hunter were the best behaved in this instance.

Offences were often linked to alcohol abuse and swearing at police.

In March, the state government  tripled on-the-spot fines for swearing in public.

Solicitor Jane Sanders, of the The Shopfront Legal Youth Centre, said offensive language laws should be abolished amid changing community standards and frequent swearing in popular culture.

‘‘A significant section of the community now use swear words in everyday speech,’’ she said.

She believed police placed too much emphasis on being insulted, saying some officers are ‘‘good at de-escalating a situation, but others aren’t’’.

In 1972, comedian George Carlin was famous for proclaiming  ‘‘the seven words you should never say on TV’’.

‘‘Now you can basically say all of them,’’ said University of Newcastle senior linguistics lecturer Dr Alan Libert. ‘‘Still, there are contexts when you wouldn’t.’’

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