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The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television by Steven Pinker

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Why are some words rude and others arenrsquo;t? Why can launching into expletives be so shocking ndash; and sometimes so amusing?In this hilarious extract from his bestselling The Stuff of Thought Steven Pinker takes us on a fascinating journey through the world of profanities, to show us why we swear, how taboos change and how we use obscenities in different ways.Why do so many swear words involve sex, bodily functions and religion? What are the biological roots of swearing ? Why would a democracy deter the use of words for two activities ndash; sex and excretion ndash; that harm no one and are inescapable parts of the human condition?Taboo language enters into a startling array of human concerns from capital crimes in the Bible to the future of electronic media. Yoursquo;ll discover that in Queacute;becois French the expression lsquo;Tabernaclersquo; is outrageous, that lsquo;scumbagrsquo; has a very unsavoury origin and that in a certain Aboriginal language every word is filthy when spoken in front of your mother-in-law. Covering everything from free speech to Tourettersquo;s, from pottymouthed celebrities to poetry, this book reveals what swearing tells us about how our minds work. (Itrsquo;s also a bloody good read). This 96 2008 Penguin is in Paperback condition.

ISBN: 9780141038728 SKU: 1276851 Note: Any image shown is from a stock photo and is not the actual book.