“Entertaining and thought-provoking.… Byrne’s enthusiasm for her esoteric subject is contagious, damn it.”Melissa Dahl, New York Times Book ReviewIn this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. She explores every angle of swearingwhy we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific studiesfrom the “ice-bucket test” for coping with pain, to the connection between Tourette’s and swearing, to a chimpanzee that curses at her handler in sign languageSwearing Is Good for You presents a lighthearted but convincing case for the foulmouthed.
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
Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language 3 out of 5based on
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**
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