Filthy English: The How, Why, When and What of Everyday Swearing (Paperback)
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Short Description for Filthy English A frank, funny, and provocative journey through the international culture of swearing.
- Published: 01 November 2011
- Format: Paperback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781846271694 ISBN 10: 184627169X
- Sales rank: 117,706
Full description for Filthy English
When the Sex Pistols swore live on tea-time telly in 1976, there was outrage across Britain. Headlines screamed. Christians marched. TVs were kicked in. Thirty years on, all those words are media-mainstream - bandied about with impunity on TV and in the papers. This is the story of our bad language and its three-decade journey from the fringes of decency to the working centre of a more linguistically liberal nation. Silverton takes a clear, comprehensive and witty look at swearing and the impact of its new acceptability on our language, our manners, and our society. He considers how we have become more openly emotional, yet more wary about insulting others. And how it's seemingly become alright to say **** and **** but not ****** or ****. This is the story of that cultural revolution, written by one who was there at the start, proudly striking some of the first blows in the long struggle for the right to reclaim filthy English and use it.