August 7, 2017
Guests: Benjamin Bergen, Ben Zimmer
The swift fall of former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci can be attributed, at least in part, to his foul-mouthed interview in The New Yorker, which was as filthy as an R rated movie. And, we have all heard the President himself say profane things on and off camera. That said, most of us use vulgar language to express different emotions or for the sake of humor. Some posit that swearing can effective not only in politics but at work and in our relationships. Today on the show, we’re going to talk about profanity and the role it plays in our lives. We’ll also talk about the different types of profanity, how they are used, and their origins. We’ll be joined by BENJAMIN BERGEN professor of cognitive science at the University of California San Diego and author of What the F, and by BEN ZIMMER, linguist who writes the Word on the Street column for The Wall Street Journal.