Language Most Foul

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Allen & Unwin, 2005 - 230 pàgines
A meticulously researched, highly entertaining, idiosyncratic look at the how, why and what of bad language around the world.
 

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Continguts

Precisely foul
10
Foul is as foul does
28
A cunt of a word
42
The wild thing
55
In the name of God
86
Son of a bitch
111
Born to be foul
132
Bootleggers and asterisks
148
Crossculturally foul
171
Epilogue
198
Notes
211
References
225
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Pàgina 109 - A word is not a crystal, transparent and unchanged; it is the skin of a living thought and may vary greatly in color and content according to the circumstances and the time in which it is used.
Pàgina 153 - You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God. for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.
Pàgina 155 - The Family Shakspeare ; in which nothing is added to the Original Text ; but those words and expressions are omitted which cannot with propriety be read aloud.
Pàgina 102 - Good and beautiful Proserpina [or Salvia, shouldst thou prefer], mayest thou wrest away the health, body, complexion, strength, and faculties of Plotius and consign him to thy husband, Pluto. Grant that by his own devices he may not escape this penalty. Mayest thou consign him to the quartian, tertian and daily fevers to war and wrestle with him until they snatch away his very soul. Wherefore I hand over this victim to thee, Proserpina [or, shouldst thou prefer, Acherusia]. Mayest thou summon for...
Pàgina 140 - I hate to talk about your mother, She's a good old soul. She's got a ten-ton pussy And a rubber asshole. She got hair on her pussy That sweep the floor. She got knobs on her titties That open the door. And this in turn elicits any of the numerous retorts which are listed in the following pages. Eventually the boys...
Pàgina 44 - An doesn't ter know? Cunt! It's thee down theer; an' what I get when i'm i'side thee, and what tha gets when I'm i'side thee; it's a' as it is, all on't.' 'All ont,' she teased. 'Cunt! It's like fuck then.' 'Nay nay! Fuck's only what you do. Animals fuck. But cunt's a lot more than that. It's thee, dost see: an' tha'rt a lot besides an animal, aren't ter?
Pàgina 140 - ... so too do the curses of Old World Jews: May you marry a raving beauty, live next door to the officers' club and travel ten months of the year. May you back into a pitchfork and grab a hot stove for support. May your daughters' hair grow thick, black and abundant — all over their faces.
Pàgina 102 - I give thee the head of Plotius, the slave of Avonia, his brow and eyebrows, eyelids, and pupils, I give thee his ears, nose, nostrils, tongue, lips, and teeth, so he may not speak his pain ; his neck, shoulders, arms, and fingers, so that he may not aid himself; his breast, liver, heart, and lungs, so he may not locate his pain; his bowels, belly, navel and flanks, so he may not sleep the sleep of health; his thighs, legs, knees, shanks, feet, ankles, heels, toes, and toe-nails, so he may not stand...
Pàgina viii - Goffman, in his intentionally irritating way, seems to attribute our failure to study these interpersonal rituals to the general decline of religion in modern times. He says, 'Only our secular view of society prevents us from appreciating the...
Pàgina 140 - ... and shift of meaning in a particular area. Kochman suggests that "sounding" is used in Chicago for the initial exchanges, "signifying" for personal insults, and "the dozens" for insults on relatives. In New York, "the dozens" seems to be even more specialized, referring to rhymed couplets of the form I don't play the dozens, the dozens ain't my game But the way I fucked your mama is a god damn shame. But "playing the dozens" also refers to any ritualized insult directed against a relative. "Sounding"...

Sobre l'autor (2005)

Dr Ruth Wajnryb is an applied linguist, researcher and writer. She has a regular weekly column in The Sydney Morning Herald's 'Saturday Spectrum' in which she explores often offbeat linguistic topics with her characteristic intelligence and lightness of touch. This is her second book with Allen + Unwin and her eleventh in total.

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