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17 January 2016

Inside Language | Is swearing losing its cathartic effect? Kate Burridge talks to Peter Clarke about taboo words

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The words we consider taboo are changing, but their purpose doesn’t seem to have changed. Linguist Kate Burridge talks to Peter Clarke in the third of a series of Inside Language podcasts.

This podcast contains language that might be offensive to some readers

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Duration: 9 minutes 56 seconds

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On the slippery slope with rorters and fraudsters

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Inside Language | Linguist Kate Burridge talks to Peter Clarke about how a jolly old time became the province of fraudsters and other dubious characters

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Rorty times: “Drinking Party at Bob Sawyer’s,” an illustration in Charles Dickens’s The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Wikimedia

Rorty times: “Drinking Party at Bob Sawyer’s,” an illustration in Charles Dickens’s The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. Wikimedia