Nine Nasty Words: English in the Gutter: Then, Now, and Forever Words

July 7, 2021
Karen Koenig

Synopsis: Two paradoxes within Nine Nasty Words make it a most enlivening read. The first is of profanity embraced by the masses while also being held in puritanical quarantine in certain quarters. The second is McWhorter’s personal anecdotes and guy-on-the-next-barstool’s witty and often cheeky asides juxtaposed with his brilliant, erudite, dizzying command of the English language.

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