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Swearing Is Good for You

by Emma Byrne

Swearing Is Good for You Synopsis

In this sparkling debut work of popular science, Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. She explores every angle of swearing-why we do it, how we do it, and what it tells us about ourselves. Packed with the results of unlikely and often hilarious scientific studies-from the ice-bucket test for coping with pain, to the connection between Tourette's and swearing, to a chimpanzee that curses at her handler in sign language-Swearing Is Good for You presents a lighthearted but convincing case for the foulmouthed.

Swearing Is Good for You Press Reviews

A chatty, humorously informative narrative that rummages through the science of bad language, grabbing at sociology, psychology, neuroscience and anthropology. -- Hephzibah Anderson - Mail on Sunday Emma Byrne unearths an unorthodox body of research to reveal how swearing helps reduce pain and anxiety and can even bring people together.... Fascinating. -- Real Simple Science and language writer Emma Byrne... offers up data in Swearing Is Good for You to prove that cussing-in moderation-can help lower anxiety and even curb physical and emotional pain. -- Parade Byrne, who likes a good swear, relishes her subject and her study of its various forms-bodily, copulatory, excretory and slur based-is playfully astute. -- Steven Carroll - Sydney Morning Herald An impressive catalogue of research showing how effing and blinding helps us deal with pain, bond with others, is associated with intelligence and makes us more inclined to trust each other.... A glorious, uplifting read. -- Lucy Kellaway - Financial Times Byrne makes a strong case.... Perhaps more than swearing's power to help one withstand pain or even bond, it's Byrne's revelations about swearing and gender that make me want to try just a little bit harder to curse. -- Danielle Friedman - New York Magazine A poppy, comprehensive look at an often taboo topic. -- Reed Tucker - New York Post Swearing Is Good for You is an entertaining and often enlightening book.... Byrne's readers are sure to come away with a fresh appreciation of language at its most foul. -- Economist A good book about bad language by a trash-talking woman? Sign me up! Swearing Is Good for You makes science feel downright celebratory. -- Mary Norris, best-selling author of Between You & Me Shit, this book is fascinating. -- Elena Nicolaou - Refinery29

Book Information

ISBN: 9780393356656
Publication date: 8th September 2020
Author: Emma Byrne
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 240 pages
Categories: Neurosciences, Cognition & cognitive psychology, Usage & grammar guides,

About Emma Byrne

Emma Byrne has written on science, language, and society for the BBC, Science, the BMJ, the Financial Times, and Forbes. She lives in London.

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