Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

In a sparkling debut in the entertaining pop science vein of Mary Roach, scientist Emma Byrne examines the latest research to show how swearing can be good for you. She reveals how swearing has been around since the earliest humans began to communicate, and has been shown to reduce physical pain, to lower anxiety, to prevent physical violence, to help trauma victims recove In a sparkling debut in the entertaining pop science vein of Mary Roach, scientist Emma Byrne examines the latest researc...

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Title:Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language
Author:Emma Byrne
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ISBN:Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language
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Number of Pages:240 pages pages

Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language Reviews

  • Andrienne
    Feb 02, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

  • Anne
    Feb 10, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

  • Ellen
    Feb 11, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

  • Laura
    Feb 11, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

  • Bibi
    Nov 06, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

  • Fred
    Jan 29, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

  • Clacie
    Jan 30, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

  • Melissa
    Dec 10, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

  • Stacee
    Dec 10, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

  • Annieclaus
    Jan 31, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

  • Perry
    Sep 07, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

  • Kat
    Sep 16, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

  • Brenda
    Feb 12, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Michael Tiger
    Feb 16, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

    ...

    ...

  • Carl
    Feb 12, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

  • Christopher Collins
    Jan 26, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Theresa Hildebrand
    Feb 04, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

  • Candice
    Nov 09, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

  • Michele Long
    Feb 07, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

  • S C Worrall
    Jan 29, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

  • Carol
    Jan 29, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

    ...

  • Dcorney
    Nov 14, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

  • Tom
    Nov 25, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

  • Hernan
    Jan 07, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

  • Kevin
    Dec 29, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    Jan 31, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

  • Jesica DeHart
    Dec 05, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

  • Tyler
    Jan 25, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

  • Adrienne Hollister
    Jan 25, 2018

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

    ...

  • Jamie Rodriguez
    Dec 30, 2017

    Hell yeah! Finally some fucking proof to what my gut has been declaring for years. There is something exuberantly cathartic and empowering about releasing tension, frustration and any emotion with a string of some salty expletives! Thank you for making it official. ...

    As someone who loves the f-word, I was instantly intrigued by this book. I enjoyed getting various bits of the history of swearing and seeing different scientific experiments and team building activities. I especially enjoyed the chapter on ladies who swear. There were a few se...

    I picked up this book because I honestly talk like a sailor. I say ?fuck? too much and it?s like a second language to me. I was raised in The South and we are taught ladies should not use foul language. Well I say, ?Fuck that shit!? I loved this book because it had history an...

    I hate it when I start a book that I'm looking forward too only to run into intellectually questionable assertions with no explanation of what the author means. She really ought to stick to robot science rather than delve into generalisations about culture, history, neurology, etc. I p...

    ?Swearing is Good for You? surpasses simple humor or personal validation. Emma Byrne has included chapters on; neuroscience, pain perception, Tourette?s syndrome, workplace swearing, other primates that swear, gender differences and swearing in other languages. I found her book t...

    Excellent book on the power and utility of swearing. I gave swearing up for awhile when I thought "go away" and "nonsense" were as good as F-off and BS, but there is power in the swears. ...

    If you are going to "read" this book, I highly recommend the audiobook. I typically don't listen to audiobooks, except for the occasional 5+ hour car ride. Well let me just say, audiobook is the way to go with this one! The first half of the book was not only interesting, but was so mu...

    This is a really funny, and clever, book. I recently had the pleasure to interview the author, Emma Byrne, for National Geographic's weekly column, Book Talk. And as Emma shows in her book, Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language, far from being simply lazy langua...

    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma. ...

    Thank you to Netgalley and W. W. Norton & Company for an E-ARC of this novel. I must say I didn't give this book much credit before I read it because 1) new author (always skeptical) and 2) the title seemed a little hard to believe. Emma Byrne does an excellent job on making a cas...

    I really enjoyed reading this - it's a nice mix funny anecdotes and clear examples of recent research about swearing, from neuroscience, workplace studies, gender studies and so on. I loved the explanations of why we swear (such as avoiding violence, team-bonding) that go beyond just d...

    Goodreads giveaway winner...Thank you! ...

    This was a bit of a mixed bag for me. The general tone and topic were incredibly entertaining; I really enjoyed learning about the parts of the brain underlying swearing behavior, the gender differences in swearing, and even the cultural differences. And, yes, I definitely enjoyed how ...

    an impassioned funny, at times sarcastic, scientifically rigorous defense of swearing. Not as a means of rudeness and aggression but as a necessary release valve for the pressures of life as well as a means of acceptance and team building. Bynre here uses scientific studies on the eff...

    I thought this would be light reading, a funny take on bad language. Instead, it's a scientific treatise on naughty language, citing experiment after experiment that shows what we know. Swearing IS good for us. Be cautioned, however. This book was written by a Brit, so a lot of the swe...

    This book is a serious technical study, with a difference. It is very readable and understandable. It explains why in certain circumstances swearing is good for you. The book follows the history of swearing through to swearing in different countries and calls on experiments that show t...

    The title itself caught my attention immediately. The author gives a lot of info, and I have to say it was quite thought provoking. I had so many moments where I thought,?wow....that makes a lot of sense.? A good read for those that aren?t offended by certain words....if you are,...

    Plenty of tidbits on how swearing can be a good thing. It talks about how colorful language relates to several facets: tolerance to pain, camaraderie, gender, mental illness, believability, culture...there?s a lot to like here. There is a section or two that was kind of out of place ...

    Got a little slow in places but other than that it was fucking great! ...

    Science, fuck yeah! ...

    Interesting, but no great shakes. I enjoyed the chapter about the chimpanzees learning sign language & eventually learning to swear. ...

    Very interesting insights into some of the recent evolution of swearing. ...

    great book ...

    I'm not convinced. ...

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