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Bad Words

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language: Are Some Words Better than Others?

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172485
eISBN:
9780199788187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0004
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter explores the relativity of vocabulary choice. Its main goals are both to examine how some words are bad, and to reinforce the view that effective usage is less a matter of permanent ... More


Images and Engagement

Edwin L. Battistella

in Bad Language: Are Some Words Better than Others?

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780195172485
eISBN:
9780199788187
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195172485.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, English Language

This chapter has three main goals. First, it consolidates and revisits some of the common objections to so-called bad language. Second, it summarizes the key images about language that arise in much ... More


Language: And the Next Fellow Said …

Colin Shaw

in Deciding What We Watch: Taste, Decency and Media Ethics in the UK and the USA

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159377
eISBN:
9780191673603
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159377.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

A lot of what was once considered bad language was so simply because the state decreed as much, for reasons which had more to do with power and politics than with morality. However, in the context of ... More


Deciding What We Watch: Taste, Decency and Media Ethics in the UK and the USA

Colin Shaw

Published in print:
1999
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780198159377
eISBN:
9780191673603
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198159377.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

The recent history of broadcasting on both sides of the Atlantic, characterised by a great increase in the number of services on offer to the public, has been brought about by technological advances ... More


‘Reading Society Aright’: Five Years after the Video Recordings Act

Julian Petley

in Film and Video Censorship in Contemporary Britain

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780748625383
eISBN:
9780748670871
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:
10.3366/edinburgh/9780748625383.003.0006
Subject:
Film, Television and Radio, Film

This chapter presents an update regarding film and video censorship five years after the establishment of the Video Recordings Act. It specifically describes the British Board of Film Classification ... More


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