Volume 12, Issue 3
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This paper examines sex differences in the use of expletives in spontaneous informal conversations among the contestants in the Spanish version of Big Brother. The results of the analysis of a corpus of 33,050 words empirically support some of the previous findings of self-reported use obtained from questionnaires and interviews. However, some unexpected findings were also noted – two of the women employ profanity more commonly than two out of the five male participants and one female swears particularly often in mixed-sex conversations. According to the results of the study, the ‘profanity gap’ in Spanish society may be narrowing, but it has not completely disappeared.


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Keyword(s): Big Brother; gender; informal Spanish; profanity; Spanish society; strong swearing
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