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In On Cussing, Dunn sketches a brief history of swear words and creates something of a field guide to their types and usages, from the common threat ("I'll squash you like a shithouse mouse") to the portmanteau intensifier ("Fan-fucking-tastic"). But she also explores their physiology--the physical impact on the reader or listener--and makes an argument for how and when to cuss with maximum effect. Equal parts informative and hilarious, this volume--drawn from a lecture given to the Pacific University MFA in Writing program--is a must-have for anyone looking to more successfully wield their expletives, be it in writing or in everyday speech.
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Baker County Library 427 .D923o 2019 (Text) 37814003256154 NON-FICTION - NEW Book System_Only_3months 06/17/2021 Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781947793262
  • ISBN: 1947793268
  • Physical Description: 73 pages ; 16 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: Portland, OR : Tin House Books, 2019.

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In On Cussing, Dunn sketches a brief history of swear words and creates something of a field guide to their types and usages, from the common threat ("I'll squash you like a shithouse mouse") to the portmanteau intensifier ("Fan-fucking-tastic"). But she also explores their physiology--the physical impact on the reader or listener--and makes an argument for how and when to cuss with maximum effect. Equal parts informative and hilarious, this volume--drawn from a lecture given to the Pacific University MFA in Writing program--is a must-have for anyone looking to more successfully wield their expletives, be it in writing or in everyday speech.
Subject: English language > Obscene words.
English language > Slang.
Swearing.
Topic Heading: Oregon authors.

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