Holy Shit

Holy Shit

A Brief History of Swearing

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"Holy Sh*t tells the story of two kinds of swearing--obscenities and oaths--from ancient Rome and the Bible to today. With humor and insight, Melissa Mohr takes readers on a journey to discover how "swearing" has come to include both testifying with your hand on the Bible and calling someone a *#$&!* when they cut you off on the highway. She explores obscenities in ancient Rome--which were remarkably similar to our own--and unearths the history of religious oaths in the Middle Ages, when swearing (or not swearing) an oath was often a matter of life and death. Holy Sh*t also explains the advancement of civility and corresponding censorship of language in the 18th century, considers the rise of racial slurs after World War II, examines the physiological effects of swearing (increased heart rate and greater pain tolerance), and answers a question that preoccupies the FCC, the US Senate, and anyone who has recently overheard little kids at a playground: are we swearing more now than people did in the past?"--Amazon.
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, c2013
ISBN: 9780199742677
0199742677
Branch Call Number: 417.2 M726h 2013
Characteristics: x, 316 p. : ill. ; 22 cm

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richibi
Jul 05, 2014

this was the most engrossing and delightful history book I've read in a long time, informed, erudite, and hilarious

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clarkzhang
Jul 26, 2013

I think this book is full of swearing. I
thought that there is f**k in this book. But I think I find that word.

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ChanellyBelly
Mar 06, 2015

"Take away swearwords, and we are left with fists and guns."

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