This site not only contains explicit, taboo, immoral, immodest, indecent, and obscene language, it is all about it. If this language offends you, please return to whence you came, or to my nice, safe home page. Thank you.
It's hard for language learners to get straightforward information about it because, well, it's a taboo subject! Very little has been written about it for language learners, yet nearly all native speakers use it and know about its subtleties.
Having control of taboo language means power. If you know when, how, where and why to use it - or not use it - you have more power over your interactions with others than if you don't.
It's about f*cking time someone put this information on the web! Actually, it's out there. See links below.
Even native speakers could make use of it. Parents and teachers: do you have any idea how the average 12-year-old talks when you're not around??? You can use this site to open dialogue with young people about when it's okay and when it's not okay to use explicit language.
The long lost "ENGLISH SENTENCES WITHOUT OVERT GRAMMATICAL SUBJECTS" Bet you can't wait to read it! (Hint: it's on the taboo language page for a reason.)
Maledicta Links - International Web Sites Specializing in Insults, Curses, Slang, Swearwords, Blasphemies, Slurs, Obscenities and Vulgarities, by Reinhold Aman, Ph.D.
A Part of Language; A Good Part of Language Learning, by
Mercury - abstract only, with email link for ordering the article from
the TESL Canada Journal.
English as a Second F*cking Language. Johnson, Sterling. 1995. ESFL University Press, Pacific Grove, CA. A reader from Moscow, Russia: "A great book for a foreign person. If you are not a native English speaker - and want to *really* understand what these f*cking Americans are talking about - this book is a must-read."
Oct. 19, 2000: Sterling Johnson wrote me when he found this page! He says, in part: "The book is now published by St. Martin's Press and has also been licensed to Cosmos Culture, Ltd., in Tawain. So far they've published two different Chinese editions, one of them illustrated with line drawings."Dangerous English. Claire, Elizabeth. 1998. Delta Systems Co. See review at this site.
F Word. Sheidlower, Jesse (ed.). 1995. Random House, New
A reader from from Melbourne, Australia says "It contains a
complete etymology of everyone's favourite word, dating back to the