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Expletive Deleted: A Good Look at Bad Language
Ruth Wajnryb (au)
Throughout the 20th cent. there has been a dramatic escalation in the use & acceptance of offensive language in English, both verbally & in print. Just how have we become such a bunch of cursers & what does it tell us about our language & ourselves? This entertaining book reveals the etymologies of various terms & discovers how what was once considered unfit-for-company argot has become standard fare. Wajnryb explores whether offensive words in English are mirrored in other languages & examines cultural differences in the usage of dirty words. “An amusing & idiosyncratic look at the power of words to shock, offend, insult, amuse, exaggerate, let off steam, establish relationships, & communicate deep-felt emotions.”
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