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Holy shit : a brief history of swearing

Author: Melissa Mohr
Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, 2016. ©2013
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
Almost everyone swears, or worries about not swearing, from the two year-old who has just discovered the power of potty mouth to the grandma who wonders why every other word she hears is obscene. Whether they express anger or exhilaration, are meant to insult or to commend, swear words perform a crucial role in language. But swearing is also a uniquely well-suited lens through which to look at history, offering a  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melissa Mohr
ISBN: 9780190491680 019049168X
OCLC Number: 921864732
Description: x, 324 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: To speak with Roman plainness: Ancient Rome --
On Earth as it is in Heaven: The Bible --
Swearing God to pieces: The Middle Ages --
The rise of obscenity: The Renaissance --
The Age of Euphemism: The eighteenth and nineteenth centuries --
"Fuck 'em all": Swearing in the twentieth century and beyond.
Other Titles: Holy sh*t
Responsibility: Melissa Mohr.


A humorous, trenchant and fascinating examination of how Western culture's taboo words have evolved over the millennia.  Read more...


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Studying swearing is a way of studying human nature itself ... Holy Sh*t, Melissa Mohr's book on the history of profanity ... would all be good places to start. * The Economist * Blending scholarly Read more...

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