Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas on May 9, 1974 · Page 12
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Northwest Arkansas Times from Fayetteville, Arkansas · Page 12

Fayetteville, Arkansas
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Thursday, May 9, 1974
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NoHhwMt Arfcenies TIMIS, Thurv, May 9, 1974 Saying Character Revealed Cussing Expert Enjoys Tapes MILWAUKEE (AP) - Dr. Reinhold Aman lakes a different view of the Watergate tran- ·cripts than the pastors and politicians who have criticized President Nixon for the salty language used In the White Bouse. "I just eat It up." said Aman, a professor of medieval German literature and an expert on swearing who can give 'em Jiel], damn and thousands of other expletives in 50 languages. : A m a n , who teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, sees swearing necesssary means of letting off steam in almost every language. "I don't advocate swearing," he said. "I don't encourage my children or students or friends to swear. I personally swear because there are so m a n j things that bug me. That's why everyone swears, and almos't everyone does." Far from being shocked at the language in the White House transcripts, Aman f i n d s it lacking in the very words he's Interested in. "Most of the lime they are omitted, although you can lomclimes predict what should be there," he said. "I've been sort of trying to fill in what it can be. "I wish I could get all the expletives. That would be like winning at a lottery or something." A m a n , 3S, has plenty of experience in dealing with nonde- leted expletives. lie has published several scholarly works on profanity patterns through out the world and compiled dictionaries of cusswords to help explain the background and meaning of curses, "Swearing is a means of let- ling off steam, to keep from gelling ulcers and from keeping frustrations hollled up inside,' said Aman. "It should be used properly," he cautioned, adding that most people don't appreciate the fi ncr points of cursing. He said the unsophisticated curser aims insults at a foe's physical characteristics rather t h a n gauging his cultural and educational background before using the verbal rapier. Only a low-brow swearer relies on ethnic slurs, he said. Americans are among the east refined cussers, largely Because their profane vocabu ary is 25 or fewer words, A m a n said. Among his favorites curses arc Yiddish's "May all your leclh but one fall out so yoi can get a toothache," the rhymed insults of the T u r k s and the singing exchanges lc twecn Eskimoes. "Tell me what swear words you use and I will tell you who you are." he said. Olympics Champ Dies MEDFORD, Ore. (AP)--Frei W. Kelly, 82. a hurdles chum pion at Lhc 1912 Olympics in Stockholm and a pilot who one hu/.7.ed a ship carrying Presi dent Wood row Wilson, ilie( Wednesday. The buzzing in cident. which occurred while h was an A r m y Signal Corp flfer, got Kelly grounded fo two weeks. He retired as a pilo for Western Airlines in 1946. Food Expenses Up This Quarter WASHINGTON (AP) -- Agriculture Secretary Karl I,. Butz ias lost, at least temporarily, one of his favorite lines: that h e A m e r i c a n jeop]e s h o u l d count (heir blessings for having irsl quarter of this year, after of their take-home pay on food. A report Wednesday on his department's Outlook and Situation Board showed that, in the food went up to 16.1 per cent, about two decades of annual decline or stability, the amount of disposable income allotted to food went up to 166.1 per cent. On an annual basis, the percentage has been 15.7 for the asl three years, even during 'ast year's record 14.5 per ceni boost in retail food prices. The expenditures-income ratio fell from 20 per cent in 1960 to 18.1 per cent in 1%5 to 16.2 per ceni in 1970. The board also reported thai it still holds as "most likely' the previous estimate of a 1! per cent increase in retail fooc prices for all of 1974 over al: of 1973. Warning that its 12 per cen a n n u a l rate estimate could be pulled either way by deman and supply changes, the boarf gave a range of 8 to 15 per cen for the final over-all average j u m p in retail prices over las year. Weather, Pollution, News Play Role In Mental Health DETROIT (AP) -- Weather conditions, air pollution and \ews headlines all play a role n mental health but each has a Mferent effect, a University of Pennsylvania research team re- xrts. The researchers said their 'indings were based on a study comparing such variables with 'luctuations in numbers o[ per- ;ons seeking psychiatric help 'or different kinds of emotional crises. The least linkage was between psychiatric emergencies and news headlines, Dr. John H. Valentine of Philadelphia told the American Psychiatric Association on Thursday. However. headlines con veying had or unfavorable news "may be implicated in the worsening of neurotic and family conflicts and a tendency lx act out the conflict" in cither self- destructive ways or behavior damaging to others, Valentine said. "Favorable headlines may encourage bravado" and thus indirectly lead to fatal accidents, he said. The study was conducted bj a team in the department ol psychiatry at the University ol Pennsylvania School of Medi cine. Valentino said the group was seeking reasons for the marked ariability noted in the types and frequencies of "psychiatric emergencies" bringing people nto contact with psychiatrists or sometimes leading to homi cidc. The study covered 879 per sons during the summer of 1973 n Philadelphia, he said. Among weather effects, the researchers found high baro metic pressure was associate! with more people seeking hell lor depressions, while days o low pressure brought on more cases of intoxication. Days with more sunshine witnessed fewer homicides, Valentine said. He said higher levels of carbon monoxide brought more contacts from people suffering various types of organic brain damages. H,-; said that in this respect, "We may have demonstrated another indication for rigid control of auto exhaust emissions." The study found rising levels of sulfur dioxide, oxidants, suspended dust and smoke and haze were associated with increased drug use, psychiatric emergencies among children, violence and violent deaths and neurosts. His associates were Dr. John Ebert, Richard Oakcy and Karl Ernst. by Fairfield Short sleeve mock turtle neck shell in 100% Helenca nylon. Back zip with ribbed bottom. White, pink, or light blue. Jewel neck shell with short sleeves and back zipper. Sizes 36 to 42 in white, navy or pink. Sleeveless mock turtle neck shell with rib bottom and back zipper. White, navy, blue, red, or pink. 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