The Seven Words You Can't Say On Television by Steven Pinker

By Steven Pinker

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Publication Date: September four, 2008
Why achieve this many swear phrases contain intercourse, physically capabilities and faith? Why are a few phrases impolite and others aren't? Why can launching into expletives be so stunning - and infrequently so amusing?

Steven Pinker takes us on a desirable and humorous trip in the course of the global of profanities, taken from his bestselling The Stuff of idea, to teach us why we swear (whatever our language or culture), how taboos switch and the way we use obscenities in several methods. You'll notice that during Quebecois French the expression 'Tabernacle' is outrageous, that the center a while have been affected by four-letter phrases, that 'scumbag' has a really unsavoury beginning and that during a definite Aboriginal language each observe is filthy whilst spoken in entrance of your mother-in-law.

Covering every little thing from loose speech to Tourette's, from pottymouthed celebrities to poetry, this booklet unearths what swearing tells us approximately how our minds paintings. (It's additionally a bloody strong read).

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Obsolete Words Unusual words are those which are used only rarely; archaic words, those taken from writings abandoned by posterity on account of their age, as those from the XII Tables, from Ennius, Lucilius, Naevius, and Pacuvius. Obsolete words are those that have vanished completely into disuse and oblivion. Anyone who tried to speak in that way now would 22 Horace Art of Poetry 70-71. 23 Cicero On the Orator i. 3. 12. 24 Quintilian viii. Pr. 25. Page 22 be ridiculous. I do not think there is any place for obsolete words, except in joking or irony.

8, 4. Page 12 have been devoted to more serious studies to an extent that there is lacking very much leisure to spend on these lesser ones, most useful to be sure to the former kind, indeed of the greatest use, but nevertheless minute in themselves. Chapter II By Whom Copia Was Developed and by Whom Practiced Further, lest anyone think this a modern device and to be disdained as lately born at our home, let him know that this method of diversifying speech is touched on lightly in a number of places by a very learned and likewise very diligent man, Quintilian,2 and that many noted Sophists showed the way to the advantages of condensing speech.

3 Quintilian iii. 1, 21. 4 Apuleius Prologue to On the God of Socrates 4. Page 13 Chapter III How Authors Have Indulged in a Display of Copia Moreover, the same authors, not only in school, but also in their serious work, sometimes indulged in a display of copia; while they at one time so compress a subject that you can take nothing away, at another, they so enrich and expand the same subject that you can add nothing to it. Homer, according to Quintilian,5 is equally admirable at bothnow copia, now brevity.

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