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Swearing: A Social History of Foul Language, Oaths and Profanity in English [Paperback]

Geoffrey Hughes
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Table of Contents

Preface.

1. A Cursory Introduction.

2. Unlocking the Word Hoard: The Germanic Heritage.

3. Paynims and Charlatans: Swearing in Middle English.

4. Schismatic Vituperation: The Reformation.

5. Creativity and Suppression in the Renaissance.

6. Expansionism and Xenophobia.

7. The Reign of Decorum: Augustan and Victorian Attitudes.

8. Quakers to Convicts: Swearing in the New Worlds.

9. The Modern Explosion and its Accompanying Restraints.

10. Sexuality in Swearing.

11. Conclusion.

12.1 Appendix A: Body Language.

12.2 Appendix B: Graffiti.

12.3 Appendix C: The Language of Comics.

Bibliography.

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