Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths, and Profanity in English (Paperback)

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Tracing the history of swearing from ancient Anglo-Saxon traditions and those of the Middle Ages, through Shakespeare, the Enlightenment and the Victorians, to the Lady Chatterley trial and various current trends, Geoffrey Hughes explores a fascinating, little discussed yet irrespressible part of our linguistic heritage. This second edition contains a Postscript updating various contemporary developments, such as the growth of Political Correctness.

About the Author


Geoffrey Hughes is Professor of History of the English Language at the University of the Witwatersand, Johannesburg.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780140267075
ISBN-10: 0140267077
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: September 1st, 1998
Pages: 304
Language: English