Chip Roe
October 04, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

During a six-year study of the funnies, Massachusetts psycholinguist Tim Jay discovered that:

Sunday comics have 25 percent more epithets than do daily strips.

Male characters toss out 70 to 80 percent of these utterances.

”Damn,” ”hell,” ”bitch,” and even ”commie” are popular. Other fave put-downs: ”dweeb,” ”maggot,” ”lardo,” ”chowderhead,” ”bonehead,” ”lunatic,” and the devastating ”nutbar.”

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