Published By : Penguin
Steven Pinker takes us on a fascinating and funny journey through the world of profanities, taken from his bestselling The Stuff of Thought, to show us why we swear (whatever our language and culture), how taboos change and how we use obscenities in different ways. You'll discover that in Quebecois French saying 'Tabernacle' is outrageous, that the Middle Ages were littered with four-letter words, that 'scumbag' has a very unsavoury origin and that in a certain Aboriginal language every word is filthy when spoken in front of your mother-in-law.
Covering everything from free speech (the title of his book comes from George Carlin's famous routine) to Tourette's, from potty-mouthed celebrities to poetry, yhis book reveals what swearing tells us about how our minds work.
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