Many words and expressions are viewed as 'taboo', such as those used to
describe sex, our bodies and their functions, and those used to insult
other people. This book provides a fascinating insight into taboo language
and its role in everyday life. It looks at the ways we use language to be
polite or impolite, politically correct or offensive, depending on whether
we are 'sweet-talking', 'straight-talking' or being deliberately rude.
Using a range of colourful examples, it shows how we use language playfully
and figuratively in order to swear, to insult, and also to be politically
correct, and what our motivations are for doing so. It goes on to examine
the differences between institutionalized censorship and the ways
individuals censor their own language. Lively and revealing, Forbidden
Words will fascinate anyone who is interested in how and why we use and
avoid taboos in daily conversation.