Swear!ng Is G*od F*r You

Swear!ng Is G*od F*r You

The Amaz!ng Sc!ence of Bad Language

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Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. She explores every angle of swearing―why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. Not only has some form of swearing existed since the earliest humans began to communicate, but it has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims recover language, and to promote human cooperation. Taking readers on a whirlwind tour through scientific experiments, historical case studies, and cutting-edge research on language in both humans and other primates, Byrne defends cursing and demonstrates how much it can reveal about different cultures, their taboos and their values.
Publisher: New York :, W. W. Norton & Company,, 2018
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781324000280
Branch Call Number: 179.5 BYR
Characteristics: 232 pages ; 22 cm


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PimaLib_NormS Feb 21, 2018

Emma Byrne has written a book that I wish I had written. The title is “Swearing Is Good For You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language”. I wanted to show this book to my wife, my boss, and several ex-friends and say something brilliant like, “See? I have a good @#$%^& reason for the @#$%^& things I say.” Based on extensive research, Byrne wrote a book that actually validates a crusty old sailor’s approach to language. Some interesting conclusions were reached about how people use language and why certain words are different from others. Obviously, I am in the pro-profanity camp; however, I realize there is a time and place for everything. I recognize that my general use of certain words might not be acceptable to others. Therefore, in an effort to be at least a semi-functional member of society, I often hold back on what I really want to say (not always successfully). If it is true that “Swearing Is Good For You”, then perhaps to be as healthy as possible in my golden years, I should just let the expletives fly, right? Some readers may believe that this book is another example of ridiculous junk science; just some unscrupulous scientists wasting time and resources to reach a predetermined outcome. If asked to address this point of view, I guess I would have to say, “How the @#$%^& would I know?”

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Mar 03, 2018

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