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Filthy English


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A frank, funny, and provocative journey through the international culture of swearing, from the shocked seventies to the naughty noughties.

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Peter Silverton has been a journalist for 30 years. He started as features editor at Sounds in 1976, covered Punk, went on the Anarchy Tour bus with the Pistols and Clash and later wrote Glen Matlock's autobiography (I Was A Teenage Sex Pistol). He's also worked as an editor at Time Out, the Mail on Sunday, the Sunday Express and the Guardian, and written for practically every music mag and newspaper in the land.


'Every page offers curious facts and ideas and one is left with amazement at the vast profane creativity at work in the unique human project of language. And so, despite what I was so often told at school, I now have to admit that swearing really is big and clever' Ian Irvine, Observer '[A] consistently enjoyable treatise on English swearing. Too intelligent and impassioned to be a Christmas novelty hit, too entertaining to impress purist academics, Filthy English falls into the category of popular history, enlivened by anecdote, digression and the author's appealing appetite for language's cloacal inclinations ... a generous buffet of facts surrounding our linguistic depravities' Herald 'With likeable digressiveness, Silverton chases down etymologies, charts changing standards of taste - The last few chapters (particularly those on swearing in pop music, and on racist epithets) are very good' Steve Poole, Guardian

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