We learn about swearing in German, Dutch, Brazilian Portuguese, Farci, and Tamil. Linguistic Anthropologist Evelyn Dean-Olmstead helps us make the connection between taboo and the culture that created it.
On this very special episode of Very Bad Words, Matt is joined by co-host Katrin Redfern to explore one of the most controversial and misunderstood words of the English language. The C-Word! They reach out to women like Nadya Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot, Dr. Camilla Power, Dr. Evelyn-Dean Olmsted and others to discuss the history of this powerful word and how it’s being reappropriated by feminists.
Dr. Camilla Power
Dr. Evelyn Dean-Olmsted
Kill Me Know
What are the rules about swearing on television and radio? What can you actually say on the air, and how are these decisions made? Do these rules change as times change? On this episode of Very Bad Words, we learn how George Carlin’s bit about the 7 words you can never say on television, unintentionally set FCC policy regarding profanity on the air.
Matthew Lasar, author of "Pacifica Radio: The Rise of an Alternative Network”
Sarah Montague - producer of Selected Shorts
For years comedians in comedy clubs have been pushing the lines of what could be said in the public arena. Lenny Bruce was arrested multiple times for doing just that, and George Carlin was imortalized for same thing just a decade later. But swearing just isn't that controversial anymore - especially in a comedy club. But never-the-less, there are still plenty of comedians actively crossing the lines in comedy today. On this episode of Very Bad Words, we talk to several of them.
On this episode we explore the origins of one of the oldest swear words in the English language, shit. We talk with linguist and "Assent of the A-Hole" author Geoff Nunberg, "the psychologist of swearing" Timothy Jay, and Randall Eggert, professor of "Bad Words & Taboo Terms" at the University of Utah, to find out why it is still one of the most popular and versatile words - even after centuries of use.