Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever (Unabridged‪)‬

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Publisher Description

A New York Times bestseller
 
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.

GENRE
Languages
NARRATOR
JM
John McWhorter
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
06:52
hr min
RELEASED
2021
May 4
PUBLISHER
Penguin Audio
SIZE
210.4
MB

Customer Reviews

mtcgti ,

Excellent!

What a fun and informative read. McWhorter’s writing (and narration) style keeps the engagement alive. Well done and worth the read for anyone who loves words.

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