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In praise of profanity, Michael Adams

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In praise of profanity
Title
In praise of profanity
Statement of responsibility
Michael Adams
Title variation
!n pr@ise *f pr#fanity
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"When President Obama signed the affordable health care act in 2009, the Vice President was overheard to utter an enthusiastic "This is a big f****** deal!" A town in Massachusetts levies $20 fines on swearing in public. Nothing is as paradoxical as our attitude toward swearing and "bad language": how can we judge profanity so harshly in principle, yet use it so frequently in practice? Though profanity is more acceptable today than ever, it is still labeled as rude, or at best tolerable only under specific circumstances. Cursing, many argue, signals an absence of character, or poor parenting, and is something to avoid at all costs. Yet plenty of us are unconcerned about the dangers of profanity; bad words are commonly used in mainstream music, Academy Award-winning films, books, and newspapers. And of course, regular people use them in conversation every day. In In Praise of Profanity, Michael Adams offers a provocative, unapologetic defense of profanity, arguing that we've oversimplified profanity by labeling it as taboo. Profanity is valuable, even essential, both as a vehicle of communication and an element of style. As much as we may deplore it in some contexts, we should celebrate it in others. Adams skillfully weaves together linguistic and psychological analyses of why we swear-for emotional release, as a way to promote group solidarity, or to create intimate relationships -- with colorful examples of profanity in literature, TV, film, and music, such as The Sopranos, James Kelman's How Late It Was, How Late, or the songs of Nellie McKay. This breezy, jargon-free book will challenge readers to reconsider the way they think about swearing"--
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1961-
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Adams, Michael
Dewey number
427
Index
index present
LC call number
PE3724.O3
LC item number
A326 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • English language
  • English language
  • Swearing
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
Label
In praise of profanity, Michael Adams
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Publication
Copyright
Note
Book cover has special characters substituting for letters in title
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Profanity: The great debate(s)
  • Intimacy, exceptionalism, and having it both ways
  • Expletive and euphemism
  • Artful profanity
  • Coda: ultimate profanity
Control code
1675378
Dimensions
23cm
Extent
xiii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780199337583
Lccn
2015047784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1675378
  • (OCoLC)921864741
Label
In praise of profanity, Michael Adams
Publication
Copyright
Note
Book cover has special characters substituting for letters in title
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • Profanity: The great debate(s)
  • Intimacy, exceptionalism, and having it both ways
  • Expletive and euphemism
  • Artful profanity
  • Coda: ultimate profanity
Control code
1675378
Dimensions
23cm
Extent
xiii, 253 pages
Isbn
9780199337583
Lccn
2015047784
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) 1675378
  • (OCoLC)921864741

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