Taboo language for learners of English


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.

Why does this page exist?


Finally! An update to this page!  (April, 2008)

Holy @&%*! Author Steven Pinker Thinks We're Hardwired to Curse.

What the F***? Another of Steven Pinker's - a very long and interesting article.

"Let's have coffee..." - taboo 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.

Swearing: A Part of Language; A Good Part of Language Learning, by Robin-Eliece Mercury - abstract only, with email link for ordering the article from the TESL Canada Journal.


This is the beginning of a list that I hope will grow.  All commentary not otherwise noted is taken directly from reviewer comments at

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.

The F Word. Sheidlower, Jesse (ed.). 1995. Random House, New York.  A reader from from Melbourne, Australia says "It contains a distressingly complete etymology of everyone's favourite word, dating back to the 1600s."

Last updated 04/08/
Lonnie Chu