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What the f : what swearing reveals about our language, our brains, and ourselves / Benjamin K. Bergen.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.

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Kirtland Community College Library P 410 .O27 B47 2016 30775305524770 General Collection Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780465060917
  • ISBN: 0465060919
  • Physical Description: vii, 271 pages : charts, illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-256) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
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.
Summary, etc.:
"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.
Subject: Obscene words > Psychological aspects.
Swearing > Psychological aspects.
Blessing and cursing > Psychological aspects.
Languages, Modern > Obscene words > Psychological aspects.
Psychoanalytic interpretation.
Verbal Behavior.

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