Swearing Is Good for You by Emma Byrne

Swearing Is Good for You

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 recover language, and to promote human cooperation. Packed with the results of un...


Details Swearing Is Good for You

TitleSwearing Is Good for You
ISBN9781324000280
Author
Release DateJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
LanguageEnglish
GenreNonfiction, Science, Psychology, Humanities, Language, Linguistics
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Reviews Swearing Is Good for You

  • Jesica DeHart
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • Stacee
    1970-01-01
    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 sections that did get a little dry, but there was a lot of humor and the science wasn’t too overly science-y. Overall, it was an interesting topic and learning a few new wo...
  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    1970-01-01
    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 and proof that swearing is good for you. I read this non fiction book in a few sittings and it was fun. To cut to the chase, this book was the shit!
  • Ashley
    1970-01-01
    So firstly, this was fun and liked it and I admire its enthusiasm. Any book that tries to break down the taboo veil surrounding swearing is good in my book. I do not understand the fixation that some people have about swearing, and I probably never will. But this book does a really good job laying out a general overview of, as the title tells you, why swearing is good for you.This is actually why I'm only giving it three and a half stars, because...
  • Paul
    1970-01-01
    This book is both screamingly funny in parts, a social science observation in parts, and compares swear words in other languages besides English. I found the chapter on Tourette's the most interesting, even if the author says it shouldn't be in the book.I've always had a really liberal vocabulary, except I will not say words that are hurtful, racist, or sexist. For 30 years I taught magazine writing at the university level, and I could never stop...
  • Molly
    1970-01-01
    I received access to this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. If you are looking for exciting new swears to use, this is not the book for you - especially since researchers are apparently hesitant to use the *actual* swear words patients employ when writing studies, something that is slowly turning around (thank goodness). If you are interested in how swearing helps you to withstand or alleviate pain, strengthens bonds between co...
  • Kevin
    1970-01-01
    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 put the book down after the section entitled "The Case of the Disappearing Cock and Ass: Notes on Transatlantic Swearing." In this section she asserts that North Ame...
  • Michele Long
    1970-01-01
    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 much fun (probably more fun than I should admit) listening to a woman spewing cuss words in a British accent like it was nothing. She even eases smoothly back and for...
  • Becky
    1970-01-01
    This is the most hilarious book chock-full of f*cking awesome stories about swearing and human nature. Spontaneous swearing with chimps to a scary as h*ll brain injury this was a wild ride that I didn't want to put down.
  • Kristina
    1970-01-01
    Surprisingly, I found Swearing is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language by Emma Byrne to be a bit of a slog. The subject matter is near and dear to my heart and the introduction is funny and promised a good read but this skinny book (201 pages minus the notes and bibliography) took forever to get through. It’s not as funny nor as interesting as I thought it would be.Byrne’s book sets out to disprove all the shit that profanity-use...
  • Kat
    1970-01-01
    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 case for the science behind bad language. The history of swearing and how is benefits our health is quite incredible. Byrne states in her novel that "swearing has helped to ...
  • Amy
    1970-01-01
    Swearing is Good for You is a book on the many largely unknown and underappreciated aspects of swearing and it's adjacent fields of study. The chapters are mostly standalones tied together by the overall theme of the book, and I especially liked the chapters swearing and pain (chapter 2), primate studies and how chimpanzees invented swearing in sign (chapter 5), and the cross cultural study of swearing as a expression of emotion (chapter 7) becau...
  • Candice
    1970-01-01
    “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 thorough and well-written. My favorite part of the book is her explanation of British cursing. I will now have a much greater appreciation for BBC television program...
  • Dcorney
    1970-01-01
    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 describing how people swear.
  • Perry
    1970-01-01
    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.
  • S C Worrall
    1970-01-01
    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 language or an abusive lapse in civility, new research reveals that profanity has many positive virtues, from promoting trust and teamwork in the office to increasing our...
  • Carol
    1970-01-01
    Guard your delicate sensibilities and prepare to expand your vocabulary! Full of foul language and subtle British humor, this book takes an in depth look at swearing with studies I had no idea did or should ever exist. A little dry in the middle, but still amazing.
  • Hernan
    1970-01-01
    Funny to read, interesting, very well researched and yet easy to follow. Can't wait to read more from Emma.
  • Reem Mohsen
    1970-01-01
    I was interested in the research and the title was of interest. The book is slow and hard to get through but interesting. Not a book for people not used to non-fiction.
  • LC
    1970-01-01
    Bloody hilarious and fucking fascinating.
  • Alisse
    1970-01-01
    This brief little book wasn’t just a list of creative ways to swear—which I would have enjoyed—but instead was a fascinating collection of social psychology and neuroscience research about how swearing affects us. Turns out, pretty profoundly (not surprised). And it IS good for you....unless you’re a woman and you’re being judged by your swearing. But the author, a woman in a man’s field, says to lean into it. Make it less taboo. But ...
  • Ann
    1970-01-01
    This book is definitely a science book and it took me some time to get into the heavy nature of the early chapters but it was worth the time. Fascinating read that looks at swearing in the context of culture, gender, neuroscience, pain management, workplace and other areas of society. I really learned some interesting facts about why people swear and how swearing can help people handle stress and pain. Really deep read!
  • Karen Ashmore
    1970-01-01
    This book was so fucking boring! I thought it was going to be a funny book but it opened with a chapter on neuroscience and swearing. No shit! Then moved on to Tourette’s Syndrome and swearing. You’ve got to be fucking kidding! Then it moved to a few chapters that I thought would be more social commentary but instead went back in history. I am not shitting you. Save yourself some time and just watch a Dave Chappelle show and laugh your sweari...
  • Matt
    1970-01-01
    The title is a bit clickbait-y but the content is good. Turns out chimpanzees who have been taught sign language will develop their own curse words, that cursing can act as pain reliever, and that Pulp Fiction was a pain to translate into Spanish. I’m not sure I’m convinced of her ultimate argument but it was a fun read.
  • victor harris
    1970-01-01
    I think as one other reviewer noted, the title is a tease. There is really very little in the book that addresses why it is good for you. As for the science of swearing, most of the content is dedicated to that topic with virtually a whole catalog of studies. Overall pretty tedious reading and I found little to commend it.
  • Małgorzata Skwarczyńska
    1970-01-01
    Była to naukowa rozprawka o użyciu epitetow i zależnosci biochemicznych zachodzących w mózgu w czasie ich uzycia lub nie.Spodziewalam sie bardziej podróży lingwistycznej i historycznej genezy powstania ,znaczenia budowy bluzga I czemu tak czesto siegamy do przecinka . nie opowiesci o utratach polowy głowy iscie diabelskich procedurach na studentach i ich tutorach w czasie eksperymentow naukowych w warunkach akademickich,wyjętych z okresu...
  • Traci
    1970-01-01
    Great book! Lots of interesting information, especially about Tourette's Syndrome. I'm recommending this to pretty much everyone I know.
  • Kaethe
    1970-01-01
    Reads rather like Mary Roach, which is to say, funny and informal but based on excellent research.Library copy
  • Shayla Paige
    1970-01-01
    Honestly was pretty bored but read the whole book anyways. I found the authors actual point of the book to be a bit unclear. Felt like this book was not cohesive, there were too many different things being discussed. There were some very intriguing topics, I did enjoy bits and parts of this book, but overall I felt as if I was reading multiple essays written about entirely different subjects rather than an actual book by one author. Maybe that’...
  • Anne
    1970-01-01
    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 the author peppered delightful swear words throughout. But sometimes it seemed like she was stretching from swearing to behaviors, albeit swearing-based ones, far b...