Filthy Fucking English

From the Word Magazine’s podcast

A podcast where “Sometimes they talk about music. Sometimes they talk about telly. Very often they talk about just what the hell they feel like.”

Peter Silverton’s indispensible new book “Filthy English” is sub-titled “the how, why, when and what of everyday swearing”. This week he joined Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Fraser Lewry in the pod to talk, in wholly unexpurgated fashion, about the history, culture and – let’s face it – humour of swearing. We’ve covered the derivation of the word testicles, the things that made Shakespeare’s audience snigger, the contrasting swearing habits of Catholic and Protestant countries, the key turning points in the history of swearing on TV, what Nick Cave said when he was told not to and how The Wire made poetry out of that four syllable epithet.

If you are likely to be in any way offended don’t listen.

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