Date: Mon, 7 Nov 1994 10:29:04 -0400 From: "Bethany Dumas, UTK" Subject: motivation for 'swan' I was never aware that the substitution of /swan/ for 'swear' was motivated by a taboo against saying the word 'swear." In fact, I never heard anyone give a reason for doing it. Where is 'mom' from? I wonder if she says /swan/ just because other people do but has invented a motivation for doing so? Bethany Dumas = dumasb[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] (English, U of TN)