Nine Nasty Words

Nine Nasty Words

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Publisher's Synopsis

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.

Book information

ISBN: 9780593421383
Publisher: Penguin Random House Group
Imprint: Avery
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 176g
Height: 127mm
Width: 178mm
Spine width: 18mm