Nine Nasty Words

Download or Read eBook Nine Nasty Words PDF written by John McWhorter and published by Penguin. This book was released on 2023-10-10 with total page 289 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle.
Nine Nasty Words
Author :
Publisher : Penguin
Total Pages : 289
Release :
ISBN-10 : 9780593421383
ISBN-13 : 0593421388
Rating : 4/5 (83 Downloads)

Book Synopsis Nine Nasty Words by : John McWhorter

Book excerpt: The New York Times bestseller now in paperback. One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power--and why we love them so much. Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech--the urgency with which we say "f&*k!" is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger. Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.


Nine Nasty Words Related Books

Nine Nasty Words
Language: en
Pages: 289
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2023-10-10 - Publisher: Penguin

DOWNLOAD EBOOK

The New York Times bestseller now in paperback. One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and tab
Nine Nasty Words
Language: en
Pages: 289
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-04 - Publisher: Penguin

DOWNLOAD EBOOK

A New York Times bestseller One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to under
Nine Nasty Words
Language: en
Pages: 288
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2021-05-04 - Publisher: Penguin

DOWNLOAD EBOOK

A New York Times bestseller One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to under
Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue
Language: en
Pages: 258
Authors: John McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2009-10-27 - Publisher: Penguin

DOWNLOAD EBOOK

A survey of the quirks and quandaries of the English language, focusing on our strange and wonderful grammar Why do we say “I am reading a catalog” instead
The Language Hoax
Language: en
Pages: 224
Authors: John H. McWhorter
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines
Type: BOOK - Published: 2014-04-01 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

DOWNLOAD EBOOK

Japanese has a term that covers both green and blue. Russian has separate terms for dark and light blue. Does this mean that Russians perceive these colors diff