978-0-14-026707-5 / 9780140267075



Publisher:Penguin Books



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Paperback. Pub Date: 1998 09 Pages: 304 Publisher: Penguin Swearing in the English language has a long history that encompasses a Rich Variety of Modes including Heroic Oaths. Sacred Undertakings. Profane and blasphemous curses. Taboo insults charged with sexual and excremental four-letter words. competitive foul language. and racist hate speech. Tracing the history of this intriguing cultural phenomenon from its Anglo-Saxon traditions and those of the Middle Ages. through Shakespeare. the Enlightenment. and the Victorian Era to the Lady Chatterley's Lover trial and various current trends. Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating. little-discussed. yet irrepressible part of our linguistic heritage. This edition contains a new Postscript updating various contemporary developments. such as the growth of political correctness.

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