Nine Nasty Words

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic.

Nine Nasty Words

Nine Nasty Words

One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power--and why we love them so much. Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech--the urgency with which we say "f&*k!" is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger. Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-04 - Publisher: Penguin

One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power--and why we love them so much. Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part
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Pages: 45
Authors: Dale R. Dopkins
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Type: BOOK - Published: 1981 - Publisher:

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Language: en
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Authors: Montana. Constitutional Convention
Categories: Constitutional conventions
Type: BOOK - Published: 1979 - Publisher:

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Language: en
Pages: 587
Authors: Ellen Schiff, Michael Posnick
Categories: Drama
Type: BOOK - Published: 2005-11-01 - Publisher: University of Texas Press

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Pages: 144
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Categories: Christian life.
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