The title describes exactly what the book is, and for someone who loves language as much as I do, this was a must read. Melissa Mohr delves into the reasons we swear, and why each swear word is considered vulgar. Vulgarity plays a huge role in how our society perceives the world, and yet, this is an area that’s so rarely looked at from a scholarly perspective.
The etymology of swear words is much more interesting than the layperson might think, but it’s also slightly uncomfortable. It’s an in-depth look at how western culture has viewed the sacred and the profane for a couple thousand years. Something in there is bound to be a bit touchy for you. After-all, swears are only words, it’s their connotations that makes things obscene. And, the reason that we find certain things obscene was fascinating.
Bookwyrm Rating: Vegetable