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An Australian History of Bad Language

Amanda Laugesen



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New South Books
01 November 2020
*Longlisted for ABDA Awards 2021* *Included in ABR's Books of the Year 2020* Bugger, rooted, bloody oath...

What is it about Australians and swearing? We've got an international reputation for using bad language and letting rip with a choice swear word or two. From the defiant curses of the convicts to the humour of Kath & Kim, Amanda Laugesen, Chief Editor of the Australian National Dictionary, takes us on an engrossing journey through the tumultuous history of Australia's bad language.

Bad language has been used in all sort of ways in our history: to defy authority, as a form of liberation and subversion, and as a source of humour and creativity. It has also been used to oppress and punish, notably Indigenous Australians and women. Revealing the fundamental tensions, conflicts, preoccupations and anxieties that have shaped our past and continue to shape our present, the story of bad language is a story about what it means to be Australian.

'This is an engrossing social history - a bloody beauty - from one of our leading experts on Australian English.' - Frank Bongiorno 'Australia is built on blood, sweat and swears. Digging up the dirt, Amanda Laugesen finds out why, with flair, ferocity and other f-words.' - David Astle 'Laugesen's history of bad language in Australia, provides a new and instructive gateway to understanding Australian culture and identity.' - Bruce Moore 'In Rooted, Amanda Laugesen proves that so-called bad language makes for some of the most inventive, descriptive and even character-defining in the world.' - Jonathon Green
By:   Amanda Laugesen
Imprint:   New South Books
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm, 
ISBN:   9781742236636
ISBN 10:   1742236634
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   01 November 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Reviews for Rooted: An Australian History of Bad Language

If you've ever wondered why to use bad language in Australia is to 'swear like a bullocky', Amanda Laugesen's Rooted will give you the answer. Taking us on a colourful tour of more than two centuries of bad language that extends from the mildly offensive to the completely filthy, Laugesen tells the story of Australia through those words and phrases that have often been seen as unfit to print. This is an engrossing social history - a bloody beauty - from one of our leading experts on Australian English. - Frank Bongiorno, Professor of History, The Australian National University

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