Swearing in Literature

Originally posted on Andrew Chapman @AndyChapWriter:
In Better Angels of Our Nature, Stephen Pinker says that swearing is a sign of a civilized society. You’re not going to be hung for comparing a member of the royal family to the back end of a donkey. We have progressed beyond that. There is no doubt that…

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