Rude Britannia

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Nonspecific Binding
  • Copyright: 2007-09-07
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Media commentators have noted a rising public tolerance to the use of rude or offensive words in modern English. John Lydon?s obscene outburst on 'I?m a Celebrity?' only provoked a handful of complaints - a muted reaction compared to the furore following his use of the f-word on television 28 years earlier. This timely and authoritative exploration of rudeness in modern English draws together experts from the academic world and the media - journalists, linguists, lexicographers and literary critics - and argues that rudeness is an important cultural phenomenon. Tightly edited with clear accessibly written pieces, the essays look at rudeness in: the media literature football chants street culture seaside postcards. With contributions from media figures including Tom Paulin and leading media-friendly linguists Deborah Cameron and Lynda Mugglestone, Rude Britannia raises concerns about linguistic and social codes,standards of decency, what is considered taboo in the public realm, constructions of bawdy, class, race, power and British identity.

Table of Contents

Introduction : rude Britannia?p. 1
The vulgar tonguep. 21
'The indefinable something' : representing rudeness in the English dictionaryp. 23
Poubellication : in the lexical dunny with the furphy king from down underp. 35
Rude wordsp. 56
British bawdyp. 69
Orwell's dirty postcardsp. 71
How Viz made Britain ruderp. 82
Bosom of the nation : Page Three in the 1970s and 1980sp. 96
The limits of rudenessp. 113
When Saturday comes : the boundaries of football rudenessp. 115
Redefining rudeness : from polite social intercourse to 'good communication'p. 127
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