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English as a Second F*cking Language: How to Swear Effectively, Explained in Detail with Numerous Examples Taken From Everyday Life Paperback – June 15, 1996
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In the 1970's, George Carlin cited seven words that would never appear on TV, but time and theatrical productions have changed their acceptability. Unfortunately, I cannot list them in this review because they would not be suitable, but they are listed on page 8 of this book.
Cable TV followed the lead when they began showing these R+ rated movies. Language that was not conventional when Carlin clarified what the "bad" words were is now common in conversations.
His and Hers, Hands on experience, Tips and Traps are just a few of the sections that provide alternate words for different body parts and actions. Throughout the book, Johnson gives examples through dialogue. The goal is to help the newcomer with a way to understand what f*ck and other derivatives mean, and which ones are fighting words.
Writers will find this book is a clear definition of how to write true to life dialogue for today's market.
I was expecting a different outlook than definitions of "bad" words, so I was somewhat disappointed. However, this is a valuable resource that is well written and funny.
To those of you fearful of lacking humorous anatomical components (aka "funny bones"), I say "Balderdash!", not to mention "Oh, c'mon!" Anyone who doesn't see the inherent silliness of assigning so much emotional baggage to f*cking WORDS for G*d's s*ke just n**ds to g*t out a b*t more.
As an English teacher by trade, it's possible I suppose that I am predisposed to see the humor in it, having struggled mightily and often to explain the nuances of myriad words self-contentedly tucked away within our mother-tongue's gargantuan lexicon.
But you don't have to be a TESOL-er to appreciate Johnson's sterling tongue-in-cheek mockery of academic pretense; it seeps and oozes from between every line. "English as a Second F*cking Language" is the ideal birthday, Ramadan, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Christmas, (etc.) gift for any of your favorite speakers of English as a Second Language.
Please contact me if you are still undecided about the wisdom of such a purchase. I can assure you that I have no business or personal relationship with the author, although admittedly, I should very much like to chat with this Johnson fellow, if that is indeed his [her?] real name.
I picked up some great expressions I'd never heard before and scored 100% on the final exam at the end of the book, which is a classic in itself.
The dialogues are hilarious, just the thing for aspiring actors to use as practice exercises.
I'd love to see the author on "Politically Incorrect." He'd fit right in.
Maybe they'll make a movie of the book. After all, they made a movie about "Pi." If they ever did make the movie, Bill Murray would be perfect as Sterling Johnson.
I don't know how many times I've picked this book up and read passages aloud to friends. They are always delighted, although some pretend to be shocked.
It's a gem.
As the title suggests, this book is excellent for foreigners; but, native speakers of English will enjoy it as well.
The author has done an amazing job, not only of amassing an astounding number of cuss words and phrases, but of capturing the true essence of each, in a succinct -- and very funny -- way.
This book makes a great gift for any friend with a sense of humor!
It's written in a very serious an authoritative tone. It writes about what the esteemed panel recommends for alternatives to sh*t and f*ck. It talks about the grammer of swearing. Seriously.
Will it really teach anyone to swear? No - you should know this by now.
Is it really aimed at teaching someone swearing jargon? No on that front too.
Is it good humor for someone who asks their friends to pull their finger? Absolutely!
A great way to test somebody's sense of humor is give them a copy of this book and then watch their reaction.
Every time I started reading it, I fell off the couch. By page 20, I had done myself permanent injury, but, by gum, it was worth it!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
For those who speak English as a foreign language, this book is useless because the examples are not clearly explained in a context.Published 10 months ago by António Monteiro
I learned more swear words but I expected a more extensive selection of swear words and phrases than what it has. 2.5 starsPublished 13 months ago by Sylvia C. Rivera
I gave it as a gift to a Bangladeshi friend who says he loves it. He now understands why it's not always polite to use the F word, and, interestingly, uses it even more now,... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Jimmy L.
I got this to give a visiting guest who spoke little English, kind of as a joke. It was WAY too naughty and vulgar for that purposes (I couldn't even read it myself). Read morePublished 18 months ago by Ariel
A great laugh! Not for people who have a stick up their arse though!Published 18 months ago by Ruth Hawkins