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Swear!ng is g*od f*r you : the amaz!ng sc!ence of bad language

Author: Emma Byrne
Publisher: New York, N.Y. : W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 2019. ©2017
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. With humor and colorful language, she explores every angle of swearing--why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emma Byrne
ISBN: 0393356655 9780393356656
OCLC Number: 1037810639
Description: 232 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction : what the fuck is swearing? --
The bad language brain : neuroscience and swearing --
"Fuck! that hurts" : pain and swearing --
Tourette's syndrome, or why this chapter shouldn't be in this book --
Disciplinary offense : swearing in the workplace --
"You damn dirty ape" : (other) primates that swear --
No language for a lady : gender and swearing --
Schiesse, merde, cachau : swearing in other languages --
Conclusion.
Other Titles: Swearing is good for you :
Amazing science bad language
Responsibility: Emma Byrne.

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Examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. With humor and colorful language, she explores every angle of swearing--why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims recover language, and to promote human cooperation. Taking readers on a whirlwind tour through scientific experiments, historical case studies, and cutting-edge research on language in both humans and other primates, Byrne defends cursing and demonstrates how much it can reveal about different cultures, their taboos and their values. Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific studies--from the "ice-bucket test" for coping with pain, to the connection between Tourette's and swearing, to a chimpanzee that curses at her handler in sign language--Swearing Is Good for You presents a lighthearted but convincing case for the foulmouthed."--Publisher.

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