Why We Curse: A Neuro-Psycho-Social Theory of Speech

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John Benjamins Publishing Company, 2000 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 328 pages
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Not a list of the conditions that bring forth strong epitaphs, which would be better suited to a humorous circulating email message. Jay (psychology, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts) has dedicated his career to investigating cursing. Here he outlines the neuro-psycho-social theory of cursing; looks at the psychological, social and cultural factors underlying it; and explores why cursers choose the words they do.

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