Monday, May 19, 2014

Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr (2013)

Really, a book published by Oxford University Press should be dry as old bones - but I loved this book so much.  Melissa Mohr could have made the life and times of shit, fuck, cunt, ass, tits, etc. etc. into a linguistics class tome of utter boredom.  But she is a fucking awesome writer.  Her wry asides and really clever turns of phrase had me laughing several times.  And you'll learn plenty as well!  (Did you know that Eve was actually created from Adam's PENIS bone?  Who knew!).  I can't recommend this one enough.  Not for the Victorian prude of heart though - if you are easily offended by foul language, beware.  Although if you are easily offended by foul language, why the fuck did you pick up a book called Holy Shit in the first place?

Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of SwearingHoly Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy fuckballs - a book published by Oxford University Press should be a tome as dry as old bones, but Melissa Mohr's book is so delightfully, freshly well written.  Her wry asides throughout the book are laugh out loud.  And you'll learn everything you ever wanted to know about the seven big words and many, many more.  Beware -swears galore!  Not for the Victorian prudish of heart.  Although if you're easily offended by cursing, why the hell did you pick up a book called Holy Shit in the first place?


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