Swearing Is Good for You: The Amazing Science of Bad Language

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W. W. Norton & Company
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5.7 X 1.0 X 8.3 inches | 0.65 pounds

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About the Author

Emma Byrne is a graphic designer and artist. She is a graduate of Central Saint Martins School of Art and Design. She has won numerous awards for her design including The IDI (Irish Design Institute) Graduate Designer of the Year, the IDI Promotional Literature Award for her work on Brown Morning, and a Children's Books Ireland Bisto Merit Award for her work on Something Beginning With P: New Poems from Irish Poets. She has illustrated many books, including Best-Loved Oscar Wilde, Best Loved Yeats, The Most Beautiful Letter in the World by Karl O'Neill, a special edition of Ulysses by James Joyce, and A Terrible Beauty by Mairéad Ashe Fitzgerald. She lives in a thatched house in Co. Wexford.


Engaging and conversational. . . . Byrne provides a refreshing, entertaining, instructive examination of a 'surprisingly flexible part of a linguistic repertoire.'
Engaging and often irreverent. . . . Byrne's style is conversational [and] entertaining.
Byrne crafts an enthusiastic case for bad language. . . . [Her] immensely readable first outing will be a real fucking treat.
An entertaining and often enlightening book. . . Byrne's readers are sure to come away with a fresh appreciation of language at its most foul.
A poppy, comprehensive look at an often taboo topic.
Shit, this book is fascinating.