Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Little gems of research

So, part of secret project is to research word/slang usage in a certain period of history.  Namely, cuss words.  I didn't expect this to be so fun.  But, damn, it is.  Here's a little gem for your reading pleasure -- especially helpful for all you writers out there:  Expletive Deleted:  A Good Look at Bad Language by Ruth Wajnryb.  

WARNING:  For all you folks out there who don't use the F word or like to read about the F word, then please read no further.

This little yellow book is hysterical.  The author goes through several bad, bad words -- their history, usage, the way that they've evolved over hundreds of years.  It's really fascinating.  But what makes this little book a gem for me is the caption under each chapter heading.  The author takes a famous person in history and gives them a quote of what they might have said using the F word.  I don't have the book in front of me, but they go something like this:

Michaelangelo:  "You want what on the fucking ceiling?"  

Elizabeth I:  "Heads are gonna fucking roll."

Picasso:  "Fuck you.  It does too look like her."  

I've been coming up with some of my own, too . . .  "Houston, we have a big fucking problem." Kind of a fun way to let your mind wander when it should be focusing on other things.   
 

3 comments:

Becky said...

Bahahahaha. I have an Amazon gift card... can we guess what I'll be getting? ;)

I especially love the Michelangelo quote. :)

Kelly Gay said...

Yeah, that is one of my favorites, too. There are a bunch of great ones -- just can't remember them all right now. Definitely a neat book to have on your shelf, though.

Pamala Knight said...

The Picasso is my favorite quote, LOL! Glad you're feeling better Kelly.