Thursday, August 26, 2021
Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever
Linguistics. All word lovers will enjoy reading about the evolution of profane expression described by linguist John McWhorter in his book titled, Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever. While reading this entertaining and interesting book I fondly remembered listening to the late poet John Ciardi’s reflections on etymology during NPR’s Morning Edition. Using similar expertise and good writing, McWhorter presents readers with an enjoyable book about how language changes over time, and how our choice of the right profanity also changes when we want to make a verbal point. Before releasing your next epithet, be sure to read this book. Rating: Four-star (I like it) Click here to purchase Nine Nasty Words from amazon.com.