Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing

by Melissa Mohr


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780190491680
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 662,009
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Melissa Mohr holds a Ph.D. in Renaissance Literature from Stanford. She won a Mrs. Giles Whiting Fellowship for her dissertation, Strong Language: Oaths, Obscenities, and Performative Language in Early Modern England.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Romana Simplicitate Loqui: To Speak with Roman Plainness
Chapter 2: On Earth as It Is in Heaven
Chapter 3: Tearing God to Pieces: The Middle Ages
Chapter 4: The Rise of Obscenity: The Renaissance
Chapter 5: How Trousers Became Unmentionable and Legs Disappeared Altogether: The 18th and 19th Centuries
Chapter 6: The Law and Science of Swearing: The Twentieth Century

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Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
DavidH42 More than 1 year ago
Twenty-plus dollars for a nook version of a seventeen dollar book? S*it No!
archetype67 More than 1 year ago
I've always been a fan of micro-histories that explore language or aspects of culture. Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing was a fascinating trip through what many today think is a recent phenomenon. Mohr sets the record straight, however, with a discussion of Ancient Rome and their use of language which shared much with the current way we use obscene words and how we swear. She then brings us through the history of the English language (with a few other European languages thrown in for comparison) and the British and American cultures. Mohr does a great job of illustrating how our concepts of swearing are related to those larger societal concepts such as religion, privacy, class, and shame. Her examples come from law, literature, and other documents as well as more contemporary media such as film, television and radio. (Yes, George Carlin and Rhett Butler are in here...) She also puts to bed some myths about word origins including a famous one for the F word and one for Sh*t. An entertaining and enlightening read - especially for someone like me who enjoys using a colorful range of expletives.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago