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
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.