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Uglier Than a Monkey's Armpit: Untranslatable Insults, Put-Downs, and…
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Whether borne out of surprise, anger, passion or humour, curses and insults make up some of the most colourful and profound phrases in a language, offering insight into cultural mores and a greater understanding of the most fundamental social and personal taboos. These are the words you won't learn in a language class! The words of the everyday local, the unexpected delight they bring is matched only by the hilarious mental pictures they conjure. Each language section opens with an overview of the cultural impact of insults, the type and focus of the favoured profanity, be this body part, family status, skill or prowess, and a selection of the best of the best insults and curses. Elegant hand-inked illustrations embellish many words and will initiate you into a new world of signs and gestures. Each word or phrase is also accompanied by useful pronunciation guide.