Sunday, July 25, 2004

No, fuck you!

On a lark I decided to check and see whether Widener had a copy of English as a Second F*cking Language: America Swears By It! by Sterling Johnson, one of the three books my brother actually admits to having read in the course of getting two Bachelors and a Masters degree from Georgetown (the other two books are his psycholinguisitics textbook and the autobiography of Mr. T). Not only does Harvard have it, but it gives English as a Second Fucking Language as an alternate title, which got me to thinking - how many other books are there in the HOLLIS catalog, discounting accidental non-English works with the word "fuck" in the title? A title keyword search pulls up 42 hits, including the autobiography of rapper Ice-T - The Ice Opinion: Who Gives a Fuck? - and a short-lived 'zine from the 60's called Fuck You, the entire run of which is kept in the vault at Houghton Library.

Who knew? Title keyword searches of other swear words sure to follow, as I'm all out of homework to do until September...

(p.s., Looks like "shit" narrowly beats out "fuck," with 44 hits in HOLLIS; "asshole" gets only 3; and "motherfucker" turns up 2)

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