Nine Nasty Words by John H. McWhorter audiobook

Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever

By John McWhorter
Read by John McWhorter

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6.87 Hours 1
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    ISBN: 9780593344866

A New York Times bestseller   One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power--and why we love them so much. Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech--the urgency with which we say "f&*k!" is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger. Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

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A #1 Amazon bestseller

A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week

A New York Times bestseller   One of the preeminent linguists of our time examines the realms of language that are considered shocking and taboo in order to understand what imbues curse words with such power--and why we love them so much. Profanity has always been a deliciously vibrant part of our lexicon, an integral part of being human. In fact, our ability to curse comes from a different part of the brain than other parts of speech--the urgency with which we say "f&*k!" is instead related to the instinct that tells us to flee from danger. Language evolves with time, and so does what we consider profane or unspeakable. Nine Nasty Words is a rollicking examination of profanity, explored from every angle: historical, sociological, political, linguistic. In a particularly coarse moment, when the public discourse is shaped in part by once-shocking words, nothing could be timelier.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“A lively and informative study, not to mention wonderful cocktail party material.” Kirkus Reviews
“A treat for the mind and a gift of laughter.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“A deeply intelligent celebration of language that teaches us how to see English in high definition and love it as it really is.” New York Times

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Author Bio: John H. McWhorter

Author Bio: John H. McWhorter

John McWhorter teaches linguistics, Western civilization, music history, and American studies at Columbia University. His books on language include Nine Nasty Words; The Power of Babel; Our Magnificent Bastard Tongue; Words on the Move; Talking Back, Talking Black; and The Creole Debate. He is also a TED speaker, a columnist for CNN.com, a regular contributor to The Atlantic, a frequent guest on CNN and MSNBC, and the host of Slate's language podcast, Lexicon Valley.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction
Runtime: 6.87
Audience: Adult
Language: English