What the F

What the F

What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves

Book - 2016
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"Smart as hell and funny as fuck, this book explains why we can't stop swearing and what it tells us about our language and brains. Everyone swears. Only the rare individual can avoid ever letting slip an expletive. And yet, we ban the words from television and insist that polite people excise them from their vocabularies. That's a fucking shame. Not only is swearing colorful, fun, and often powerfully apt, as linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin K. Bergen shows us, the study of it can provide a new window onto how our brains process language. How can patients left otherwise speechless after a stroke still shout out "Goddamn!"? Why did Pope Francis say "fuck" in the middle of a speech? When did a cock cease to be a rooster? Why is "crap" vulgar when "poo" is just childish? And what are we shooting when we give someone the bird? What the F? Let me effing tell you"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]
ISBN: 9780465060917
0465060919
Branch Call Number: 401.9 B4531W 2016
Characteristics: vii, 271 pages : charts, illustrations ; 25 cm

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coloradobuck Jan 18, 2017

This book was filled with a ton of studies - it contained a lot of information about what is considered a swear word and where it is considered a swear word - I enjoyed the section that explained that people swear because swearing is deeply tied to our emotions. Wish it had more info on "why people swear" instead of "this is what we found by studying swearing". Very clinical.

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