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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Saturday 19th August 2017
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coprolalia kop-ro-LAL-i-a



Uncontrolled use of obscene language, eg as a characteristic of Tourette's syndrome.

As you know, Mr Speaker, it is my custom from time to time to end the sitting by offering some reflections on the nature of the debate. I have to say that, this week, we reached some new lows. The Chief Minister, in particular, alternated between what I suspect he thinks of as a Clint Eastwood style of monosyllabic frowning and compulsive coprolalia.

Mrs Dunne, Australian Hansard, 19 August 2004. Australian Hansard

Several students who are recognized as having Tourette Syndrome with coprolalia, the vocal tic that results in the uttering of profanity, have been suspended for swearing in class. In those cases, the principals decided that the swearing was willful and had nothing to do with the syndrome.

Report by Ken Bhattacharjee on The Ontario Safe Schools Act: School Discipline and Discrimination, 8 July 2003. Ontario Human Rights Commission

In one painfully hilarious moment, an expert witness for the prosecution, Dr. Rampling, suffers from three neurological conditions, coprolalia, copropraxia and echopraxia, which make her shout obscenities, grab her own breasts and mimic her questioners as she testifies, all unconsciously.

Richard Bernstein, The New York Times, 6 August 1997, New York times
reviewing Gary Indiana's Resentment. Amazon




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