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Filthy English: The How, Why, When and What of Everyday Swearing (edition 2010)

by Peter Silverton

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Title:Filthy English: The How, Why, When and What of Everyday Swearing
Authors:Peter Silverton
Info:Portobello Books Ltd (2010), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 256 pages
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Indeed, swearing says things about nationalities, as well as about what's going through people's minds. Modern Hebrew, for reasons Silverton goes into, has to turn to Arabic for its swearwords (throughout the book Silverton saves space and time by using the endearingly childish word "swears"); when Mexican football fans cheer their team on with the phrase "Viva México! Hijos de la Chingada!" they are neatly encapsulating the country's history and psyche. It takes Silverton two and a half pages to explain why; but they are two and a half very interesting pages. You also learn, elsewhere, that when Peter the Great personally executed the Kremlin guards who had staged an uprising, he did so to the accompaniment of a 74-word curse.
 
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