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Expletive deleted : a good look at bad language

Author: Ruth Wajnryb
Publisher: New York : Free Press, ©2005.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Has creative cursing developed because we can't just slug people when they make us angry? Throughout the twentieth century there seems to have been a dramatic escalation in the use and acceptance of offensive language in English, both verbally and in print. Just how have we become such a bunch of cursers and what does it tell us about our language and ourselves? A look at the power of words to shock, offend, insult,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Wajnryb, Ruth.
Expletive deleted.
New York : Free Press, ©2005
(OCoLC)646828934
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Ruth Wajnryb
ISBN: 9780743274340 0743274342
OCLC Number: 58720957
Notes: The characters $&#@*! appear after the title on the t.p.
Description: vii, 290 pages ; 20 cm
Contents: Falling foul --
Precisely foul --
Foul is as foul does --
Where the fuck? --
The wild thing --
A cunt of a word --
Shit happens --
In the name of God --
Son of a bitch --
Born to be foul --
Bootleggers and asterisks --
Cross-culturally foul.
Responsibility: Ruth Wajnryb.
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Has creative cursing developed because we can't just slug people when they make us angry? Throughout the twentieth century there seems to have been a dramatic escalation in the use and acceptance of offensive language in English, both verbally and in print. Just how have we become such a bunch of cursers and what does it tell us about our language and ourselves? A look at the power of words to shock, offend, insult, amuse, exaggerate, let off steam, establish relationships, and communicate deep-felt emotions, this book seeka to discover how what was once considered unfit-for-company argot has become standard fare. Wajnryb steps outside the confines of English in her search for answers, exploring whether offensive words in English are mirrored in other languages and examining cultural differences in the usage of dirty words.--From publisher description.

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