WHICKHAM, England, Sept. 24 (UPI) -- A British grandmother said a stroke she suffered earlier this year turned her language from completely clean to sailor-level filthy.
Pat Preston, 65, of Whickham, England, said she used to be able to "control my upset," but since suffering a stroke in January she "just can't help it."
"I can swear during conversations and a couple of weeks ago my grandchildren were playing up and I called them 'little [female dogs],'" Preston told the Newcastle Chronicle.
"My husband gets annoyed because he's a retired headteacher and gets horrified sometimes at what I say. I can get a little nervous too about what language I might use," the grandmother said.
Preston said she has started using a "swear box" she requires herself to pay money into when she lets loose with profanity.
"I have to accept what has happened and move forward the best that I can as you only get one life. I am about 75 percent back to what I was like before the stroke. I feel very lucky that I can carry on with my life as I am and you have got to see the funny side of things or it would get you down," she said.