An amusing book about the origins and changes in "swearing" in the English language (actually starting with Romans). The "Holy" aspect deals with religion-based swearing and the "Shit" aspect deals with body function-based swearing. The author provides a categorization scheme for various types of swearing (sexual, excrements, oaths, etc.) that is interesting; however, the author gets bogged down in dissecting Biblical swearing, ensuring that we understand that original texts may have been translated to English in a more genteel manner that steps over the "Shit" aspects found in the Bible. Overall it is an unusual piece of research that may interest some people. Others will find it too fascinated, and very explicit, about swearing.
this was the most engrossing and delightful history book I've read in a long time, informed, erudite, and hilarious
I think this book is full of swearing. I
thought that there is f**k in this book. But I think I find that word.
"Take away swearwords, and we are left with fists and guns."
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