A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English
ISBN10: 0140267077 ISBN13: 9780140267075 Publisher: Penguin Group USA Published: Sep 1 1998 Pages: 292 Weight: 0.45lbs. Height: 7.75" Width: 5.25" Depth: 0.75" Language: English
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.