Entries cover the full range of swearing and foul language in English, including fascinating details on the history and origins of each term and the social context in which it found expression. Categories include blasphemy, obscenity, profanity, the categorization of women and races, and modal varieties, such as the ritual insults of Renaissance flyting and modern sounding or playing the dozens.
"This erudite guide will prove popular with word lovers everywhere, but is essential acquisition for academic libraries." --Lawrence Looks at Books, October 2006
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