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Hilarious and thought-provoking,
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This review is from: The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television (Paperback)
I may simply be saying something about my sense of humour, but I found this short book, not only very informative and thought-provoking, but also very funny indeed; it had me laughing aloud on several occasions.
The most significant (and, to me, surprising) messages which I took away were, firstly, that swearing may involve parts of the brain which aren't involved in normal speech, and, secondly, that, in many contexts, swear words can't be regarded as parts of speech such as adjectives, or adverbs ... or anything. For example, this is illustrated by the fact that they are sometimes inserted into other words, as in abso-bloody-lutely.
In a word, the book is as good as you'd expect a book by Steven Pinker to be. I hesitate to say 'strongly recommended', because there are many people to whom I wouldn't recommended it at all! However, if you have got as far as reading these reviews, then I think you're likely to find the book interesting and informative.