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What the f : what swearing reveals about our language, our brains, and ourselves / Benjamin K. Bergen.

Bergen, Benjamin K, author. (Author).
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  • 1 of 5 copies available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Benton County Public Library - Fowler 401.9 BER (Text) 34044000902500 ADULT NONFICTION Checked out 10/17/2016
Carnegie Public Library of Steuben County - Angola 401.9 BER (Text) 33118000176904 Adult: New Book In process -
Lebanon Public Library - Lebanon 401.9 BER (Text) 34330512958506 Adult - New Books In process -
Mooresville Public Library - Mooresville 401.9 BER (Text) 37323005280287 NEW-BKS Checked out 10/08/2016
Schricker Main Library 401.9 BER (Text) 30032010683842 NEW ADULT Available -

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  • ISBN: 9780465060917
  • ISBN: 0465060919
  • Physical Description: vii, 271 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, [2016]

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 233-256) and index.
Summary, etc.: "Everyone swears. Only the rare individual can avoid ever letting slip an expletive. And yet, we ban the words from television and insist that polite people excise them from their vocabularies. That's a fucking shame. Not only is swearing colorful, fun, and often powerfully apt, as linguist and cognitive scientist Benjamin K. Bergen shows us, the study of it can provide a new window onto how our brains process language. How can patients left otherwise speechless after a stroke still shout out "Goddamn!"? Why did Pope Francis say "fuck" in the middle of a speech? When did a cock cease to be a rooster? Why is "crap" vulgar when "poo" is just childish? And what are we shooting when we give someone the bird? What the F? Let me effing tell you"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Obscene words > Psychological aspects.
Swearing > Psychological aspects.
Blessing and cursing > Psychological aspects.
Languages, Modern > Obscene words > Psychological aspects.
Psychoanalytic interpretation.
Psycholinguistics.

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