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.