Bawdy Language

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When you come right down to it, sex is easier done than said; so too with matters of the toilette. Limited to a few choice four-letter slang words? Know little of the word origins of curse words? Stumble as to their proper usage? Lack elegant substitutes for dirty sex talk? Here at last are the dirty words you need - words, and more words- slang words, rich and colorful; euphemisms, flowery, arcane, and remote; quaint sexual terms rescued from English past. All are suggestive of the romanticism, cynicism, violence, and humor with which the actors, the parts, and the act itself have been viewed through the centuries.
Traveling where few etymologists have gone before, Lawrence Paros now makes it possible to master the sexual lexicons. Combining a study of street-talk, with a survey of history, poetry, drama, and the great works of Western literature, Bawdy Language delves both into the word origins of curse words and phrases and the wide variety of synonyms for them. Here at last is the book that will show you how to talk dirty, yet command respect.
No longer must your prurient thoughts remain inelegantly expressed. Add erudition and class to your gutter talk by mastering the argot. Remember, obscenity by itself is the last refuge of the vulgarian and the crutch of the inarticulate motherfucker.
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Lawrence Paros is a master teacher whose work in alternative education has received national recognition; an amateur neuroscientist who has helped design and market a unique device for the treatment of stress, and a professional writer, and self-described authority on language. His published works include numerous articles and a book on education, two earlier books on language, "The Great American ClichÃcopy;" (Workman) and "The Erotic Tongue" (Madrona and Holt), and "Smashcaps," a children's book (Avon). He is also a former op-ed page columnist for the Seattle Post Intelligencer and commentator on KUOW-FM, the NPR affiliate in Seattle. His website, "A Word with You" ( now retired), has garnered numerous awards and attracted more than a million visitors since its inception. It has also inspired two published compilations entitled "A Word with You America." An accomplished public speaker, Paros has had extensive teaching and lecturing experience; in the course of promoting his earlier works, he has been interviewed on dozens of TV shows and over 100 radio stations. Most recently, Paros has directed and produced two films: "The Journey," the story of a Russian immigrant's trek to America and "Walk Right In," the story of the Yale Summer high School. A cantankerous septuagenarian, he presently lives quietly on the periphery of Seattle Washington with his two cats and his thoughts.

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Published on
Feb 28, 2013
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Pages
263
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ISBN
9781456603922
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Language
English
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Genres
Humor / Topic / Adult
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / Etymology
Language Arts & Disciplines / Linguistics / General
Psychology / Human Sexuality
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