Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Review | Curse Words (two different books)

Watch Your F*CKING Language 
By:   Sterling Johnson

A modern book on modern curse words. Primarily sexually oriented words.  Various examples given, not practical but humorous and witty examples.  I laughed and loved it and think that while it may not be very educational considering that we live in the times when these words are being implemented, it would make a hilarious gift to someone with that kind of sense of humor. 

It’s a good laugh, and if you can convince your teacher that it is educational as you are learning about the complexities of language and the implementation and enhancement that a curse word adds to dialogue, then by all means go for it. 

Bozzimacoo : origins & meanings of oaths & swear words 
By: Mary Marshall

This is more a history of swear words and the time in witch they were used.  I found this not just interesting on what was considered a swear word and what is still in use, but also a good history for various writing styles. 

The book was published in 1975.  The woman who wrote the book comes off to me as a Suffragette.  An activist for woman’s rights.  She also doesn’t write in a decisive manner.  She talks around ideas rather than be straightforward.  Instead of stating a fact, she uses language such as “We could perhaps be led to believe….”  I was also given the impressions that she was writing this from England, from her tone and the manner in which she referenced America and Canada.  The book was published in London.   

It is an interesting study not only is curse words an their origins but in woman writing in that time period.  I imagine that such an idea was quite revolutionary and that she had strict guidelines in which she must adhere to. 

This book is very different in form and etiquette than Watch Your F*cking Language, but fascinating in its own value.