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The Seven Words You Can't Say on Television by Steven Pinker
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Nov 27, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction, male-author, neuroscience, linguistics, read-physical-book, short
Read from November 25 to 27, 2011

Short and worth the read.

Had various interesting curiosities about the grammar, history, use, and the different contexts of swearing. What I liked best was the rudimentary notes from neuroscience, i.e. the amygdala connection: why someone today will never be in a position to feel dated plays and novels as they reacted to in their day, or, similarly, why there is such a difference for the reader of nigger and the n-word (or even n*gger), even if we all know the word to which the latter phrase refers.
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