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A Good Look at Bad Language

Book - 2005
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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.
Publisher: New York : Free Press, c2005
ISBN: 9780743274340
Branch Call Number: 422 W136E
Characteristics: vii, 290 p. ; 20 cm


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Lexicon_ Jan 03, 2013

Wajnryb is very witty and she makes some great points but, although the chapters are specified as pertaining to one word, they wander back and forth. At times, this makes for a circuitous read. Her point seems lost.

The Epilogue fairly sums up the book, if you're short on time. This is kind of sad, given it is less than 10 pages, and the book itself is over 200.


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