Nine Nasty Words Nine Nasty Words

Nine Nasty Words

English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever

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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
Professional & Technical
RELEASED
2021
May 4
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
288
Pages
PUBLISHER
Penguin Publishing Group
SELLER
PENGUIN GROUP USA, INC.
SIZE
3.1
MB

Customer Reviews

Tim Jennings ,

Dull and it shouldn’t be

If the goal was to write a boring book about the origins of curse words, mission accomplished. Perhaps it because I’m not a Columbia University Professor that I just couldn’t get through it. I thought this would be much more interesting and at some level it is. The redundancy just drains the enjoyment that you should get from this book out of it.

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