I was watching a boxing match on television. During the break between rounds the cameras got close up into one of the boxer's corners. He was heard to use some rather strong language - to put it mildly. The commentator then apologised for what the viewers may have overheard. It was clearly not his fault. What rather struck me was the fact that while there were two men doing each other physical damage in public this was less important than the fact that there was some bad language overheard. Sticks and stones - and punches - may hurt my bones but strong language does, it seems, greater harm.