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The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television by Steven Pinker

The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television
by Steven Pinker

Why are some words rude and others aren't? Why can launching into expletives be so shocking - and sometimes so amusing? This book takes us on a journey through the world of profanities, to show us why we swear, how taboos change and how we use obscenities in different ways. It reveals what swearing tells us about how our minds work.
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Why are some words rude and others aren't? Why can launching into expletives be so shocking - and sometimes so amusing?In this hilarious extract from his bestselling The Stuff of Thought Steven Pinker takes us on a fascinating journey through the world of profanities, to show us why we swear, how taboos change and how we use obscenities in different ways.Why do so many swear words involve sex, bodily functions and religion? What are the biological roots of swearing ? Why would a democracy deter the use of words for two activities - sex and excretion - that harm no one and are inescapable parts of the human condition?Taboo language enters into a startling array of human concerns from capital crimes in the Bible to the future of electronic media. You'll discover that in Quebecois French the expression `Tabernacle' is outrageous, 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 to Tourette's, from pottymouthed celebrities to poetry, this book reveals what swearing tells us about how our minds work. (It's also a bloody good read).

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Sku
GOR001040042
Title
The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television
Author
Condition
Very Good
Binding type
Paperback
Publisher
Penguin Books Ltd
Year published
Number of pages
96
ISBN 10
0141038721
ISBN 13
9780141038728
Prizes
N/A
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