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What the f : what swearing reveals about our language, our brains, and ourselves

Author: Benjamin K Bergen
Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Benjamin K Bergen
ISBN: 9780465060917 0465060919
OCLC Number: 941875482
Description: vii, 271 pages : charts, illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Holy, fucking, shit, nigger --
What makes a four-letter word? --
One finger is worth a thousand words --
The holy priest with the vulgar tongue --
The day the Pope dropped the c-bomb --
Fucking grammar --
How cock lost its feathers --
Little Samoan potty mouths --
Fragile little minds --
The $100,000 word --
The paradox of profanity.
Responsibility: Benjamin K. Bergen.

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It may be starred, beeped, and censored-yet profanity is so appealing that we can't stop using it. In the funniest, clearest study to date, Benjamin Bergen explains why, and what that tells us about  Read more...
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"[A] skillful presentation... What the F delivers on the surprise promised by its title, as what seems like a book about language taboos turns out to be a cognitive scientist's sneaky-charming, Read more...

 
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