The Gods of swearing
There's a famous quote in Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne,I think Russian is mainly about swearing. So I have been led to believe.
There is a tale of an English army disembarking in Flanders in the 17th Century, on some futile expedition. One observer described it being done ‘with much swearing’ as they advanced.
So there we are, Brits liked to swear a lot. Even then, we had a poor reputation abroad.