Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English

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Penguin UK, Mar 26, 1998 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 304 pages
Tracing the history of swearing from ancient Anglo-Saxon traditions and those of the Middle Ages, through Shakespeare, the Enlightenment and the Victorians, to the Lady Chatterley trial and various current trends, Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating, little discussed yet irrespressible part of our linguistic heritage. This second edition contains a Postscript updating various contemporary developments, such as the growth of Political Correctness.

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It would appear that swearing and/or the use of oaths is a universal human constant regardless of language, culture, social mores, etc. I really have to wonder if the first recognizable word to come ... Read full review


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Geoffrey Hughes is Professor of History of the English Language at the University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg.

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