Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

by Emma Byrne


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781324000280
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/23/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 117,116
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Emma Byrne has written on science, language, and society for the BBC, Science, the BMJ, the Financial Times, and Forbes. She lives in London.

Henrietta Meire is a full-time voice-over artist and actress. In addition to narrating a plethora of audiobooks, Henrietta has voiced numerous commercial and charity campaigns, as well as video game and animation characters. As an actress, she has appeared on television and in a number of popular films.

Table of Contents

Introduction: What the Fuck Is Swearing? 1

1 The Bad Language Brain: Neuroscience and Swearing 21

2 "Fuck! That hurts." Pain and Swearing 46

3 Tourette's Syndrome, or Why This Chapter Shouldn't Be in This Book 66

4 Disciplinary Offense: Swearing in the Workplace 93

5 "You damn dirty ape." (Other) Primates that Swear 119

6 No Language for a Lady: Gender and Swearing 145

7 Schieβe, Merde, Cachau: Swearing in Other Languages 170

Conclusion 199

Acknowledgments 202

Notes 203

Bibliography 215

Index 225

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Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few sections that did get a little dry, but there was a lot of humor and the science wasn’t too overly science-y. Overall, it was an interesting topic and learning a few new words was an added bonus. **Huge thanks to WW Norton & Company for providing the arc free of charge**