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By Geoffrey Hughes

this can be the single encyclopedia and social historical past of swearing and foul language within the English-speaking international. It covers a few of the social dynamics that generate swearing, foul language, and insults within the complete diversity of the English language. whereas the emphasis is on American and British English, different significant worldwide types, similar to Australian, Canadian, South African, and Caribbean English also are coated. A-Z entries hide the whole variety of swearing and foul language in English, together with attention-grabbing info at the heritage and origins of every time period and the social context during which it discovered expression. different types comprise blasphemy, obscenity, profanity, the categorization of ladies and races, and modal types, resembling the ritual insults of Renaissance "flyting" and sleek "sounding" or "playing the dozens." Entries disguise the historic measurement of the language, from Anglo-Saxon heroic oaths and the striking energy of medieval profanity, to the stern censorship of the Renaissance and the colourful, glossy language of the streets. Social elements, akin to stereotyping, xenophobia, and the dynamics of ethnic slurs, in addition to age and gender alterations in swearing also are addressed, besides the most important taboo phrases and the advanced and altering nature of spiritual, sexual, and racial taboos.

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