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Author Chirico, Rob.

Title Damn! : a cultural history of swearing in modern America / Rob Chirico ; Foreword by Keith Allan
Published Durham, North Carolina : Pitchstone Publishing, [2014]
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Contents Frankly, My Dear, I Do Give A Damn! -- What's In A Dirty Word? -- What's Sex Got To Do With It? -- You're In The Fucking Army Now! -- Swearing, A Game Anyone Can Play. -- All The News That's Fit To Print. -- You've Got To Be Carefully Taught. -- You Have The Words, My Dear, But I'm Afraid You'll Never Master The Tune. -- Word On The Street. -- Is Nothing Sacrilegious É Yet?
Summary Swearing, cussing, or cursing, out of anger, excitement, or just because, is something most of us do, at least to some degree. Turn on the television or open a magazine, and there it is. Damn! is an insightful and entertaining look at our evolving use of profanity over the last half-century or so, from a time when Gone with the Wind came under fire for using the word "damn" to an age where the f-bomb is dropped in all walks of life. Writer and artist Rob Chirico follows the course of swearing through literature, the media, and music, as well as through our daily lives. From back rooms and barracks to bookshelves and Broadway; and from precedents to presidents, the journey includes such diverse notables as George Carlin, the Simpsons, D.H. Lawrence, Ice T, Barack Obama, Nietzsche, and, of course, Lenny Bruce. If you have ever stopped and wondered WTF has happened to our American tongue, don't get out the bar of soap until you finish Damn!
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Americanisms -- History.
English language -- United States -- Obscene words -- History.
English language -- United States -- Obscene words.
Swearing -- United States -- History.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1939578752 (electronic bk.)
1939578760 (electronic bk.)
9781939578754 (electronic bk.)
9781939578761 (electronic bk.)