Nine Nasty Words - English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever

Author(s): John McWhorter


Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech--the urgency with which we say "f&*k!" is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger.

Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle- historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.


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  • : 9780593188798
  • : Penguin Publishing Group
  • : Avery
  • : 0.325679
  • : July 2021
  • : .719 Inches X 5 Inches X 7 Inches
  • : books

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  • : John McWhorter
  • : Hardback
  • : en
  • : 288