Is there any philosophical work about profanity, f-words, dirty words?


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Bad Words: Philosophical Perspectives on Slurs, essays ed. by David Sosa.

There's a chapter in Questions About Language: Do people swear because they don’t know enough words? From which, this summary Why do people swear?, gives a nice introduction to ideas about purposes of Swearing.

There's an IAI interview: Rebecca Roache On Swearing and Philosophy, & she did a Philosophy Bites podcast episode What, if anything, is wrong with swearing?, and a Practical Ethics: On Swearing lecture at Oxford.

A paper: The Philosophy of Cursing: Heidegger and Wittgenstein on Being-in-the-World and the Language Game of Cursing.

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