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Swearing

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Publisher Comments:

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.

Synopsis:

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, the author explores an irrepressible part of English linguistic heritage.

Synopsis:

Swearing in the English language encompasses a rich variety of modes. Tracing the history of this intriguing cultural phenomenon from its Anglo-Saxon traditions through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and the Victorian Era, Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating, little-discussed, yet irrepressible, part of our linguistic heritage.

About the Author

Geoffrey Hughes is Professor of History of the English Language at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Fergal Keane

Map of Burma

1. The Road to Thamanya (1)

2. The Road to Thamanya (2)

3. At Thamanya (1)

4. At Thamanya (2)

5. The Peacock and the Dragon

6. Young Birds Outside Cages

7. Breakfast Blues

8. Christmas in Rangoon

9. New Year Notes

10. An Independent Performance

11. A Note on Economic Policy

12. Months and Seasons

13. Visiting Rites

14. A Baby in the Family

15. Days of Rest

16. Union Day Dances

17. An Eventful Week

18. A Few Introductions (1)

19. A Few Introductions (2)

20. A Special Introduction

21. Taking Tea

22. The Beautiful and the Ugly

23. Old Songs

24. Water Festival (1)

25. Water Festival (2)

26. Water Festival (3)

27. A Fishy Episode

28. Repairing the Roof

29. Rain Thoughts

30. Eight Years Ago

31. A Dissident's Life (1)

32. A Dissident's Life (2)

33. A Friend in Need

34. July: A Month of Anniversaries

35. Mystery Weekend

36. Communication

37. Death in Custody (1)

38. Death in Custody (2)

39. Death in Custody (3)

40. Teachers

41. Some Problems of Definition

42. Misrule of Law

43. Uncivil Service (1)

44. Uncivil Service (2)

45. Strange Siege

46. Sequel to the Siege

47. Continuum

48. Tribute

49. Operation Anarchy

50. Respite

51. A Normal Life

52. Year End

Product Details

ISBN:
9780140267075
Author:
Hughes, Geoffrey
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
London :
Subject:
General
Subject:
English language
Subject:
History
Subject:
Linguistics
Subject:
Swearing
Subject:
English language -- Slang -- History.
Subject:
Linguistics - General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
19980931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.77x5.12x.59 in. .46 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Synopsis" by , 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, the author explores an irrepressible part of English linguistic heritage.
"Synopsis" by , Swearing in the English language encompasses a rich variety of modes. Tracing the history of this intriguing cultural phenomenon from its Anglo-Saxon traditions through the Middle Ages, the Enlightenment, and the Victorian Era, Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating, little-discussed, yet irrepressible, part of our linguistic heritage.

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