What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves

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ISBN: 9781541617209
Publisher: Basic Books
Language: English
Page Count: 288
Size: 8.27" l x 5.45" w x 0.84"
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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 Pop 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 doing when we give someone the bird? What the F? Let me effing tell you.

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