THIS PROJECT WAS STARTED ON 1 JANUARY 2005 AND LASTED FOR ONE WHOLE YEAR. DURING THE YEAR ELLIE MADE A NOTE OF EVERY SINGLE SENTENCE SHE UTTERED WHICH CONTAINED A SWEAR WORD. AT THE END OF EACH WEEK THE RECORDED SENTENCES WERE DEPOSITED INTO THE VIRTUAL SWEAR BOX.

INSIDE THE SWEAR BOX THE SENTENCES MOVE RANDOMLY WITH MINDS OF THEIR OWN. THE SENTENCES ARE DISPLAYED WITHIN SPEECH BUBBLES. WHEN THE MOUSE POINTER ROLLS OVER A SPEECH BUBBLE IT CHANGES TO A THOUGHT BUBBLE DESCRIBING THE INCIDENT WHICH CAUSED THAT PARTICULAR OUTBURST.

IT IS POSSIBLE TO USE THE MOUSE POINTER TO INTERACT WITH THE SPEECH BUBBLES AND TO ATTEMPT TO DRAG THEM AWAY FROM THE OTHERS SO THAT THEY CAN BE READ MORE EASILY. BE WARNED: THEY’RE ANGRY, THEY DON’T LIKE BEING DRAGGED AND THEY'LL DO ANYTHING THEY CAN TO ESCAPE.

THE SPEED AT WHICH A SPEECH BUBBLE MOVES AROUND THE SWEAR BOX IS DEFINED BY THE OFFENSIVENESS OF THE SWEAR WORD IT CONTAINS. ON 17 JANUARY 2005 ELLIE AND HER MOTHER CREATED A
SUBJECTIVE HIERARCHICAL ORDER OF OFFENSIVENESS FOR THE DEFINED SWEARWORDS.

WITHIN THE SWEAR BOX THE SPEECH BUBBLES ARE COLOUR CODED TO INDICATE THE MONTH IN WHICH THEY OCCURRED. THE
MONTHLY COLOUR REGISTER, DEFINED DURING THE PROJECT SNEEZES 2003, IS USED. AS THE YEAR PROGRESSED THE SWEAR BOX BECAME CRAMMED FULL OF A WHOLE SPECTRUM OF COLOURFUL LANGUAGE.

RUNNING CONCURRENTLY WITH SWEAR BOX 2005, ELLIE PRODUCED A MONTHLY DIARY ENTRY DESCRIBING HER EXPERIENCES OF MAINTAINING THE PROJECT.

AS WELL AS THE FULL VERSION OF SWEAR BOX 2005, IT IS ALSO BE POSSIBLE TO VIEW THE MONTHS INDIVIDUALLY, SO THAT IT IS EASIER TO READ THE INDIVIDUAL SENTENCES RECORDED.

LAUNCH SWEAR BOX 2005

JANUARY | FEBRUARY | MARCH | APRIL | MAY | JUNE
JULY | AUGUST | SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER | NOVEMBER | DECEMBER

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