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Your Mother's Tongue

(1996)
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An extremely funny history of so-called bad language by a European author. He asserts that Europeans try to get along but keep treading on each other's toes. In this tour of anger, exasperation, prejudice, irony & loathing as expressed in some 20 European tongues, we learn that what is invective in one country is sweet talk in another. A single currency in Europe? Yes. A common language? Not on your life. The Guardian review states that the book's "His gently comic tone recognizes how funny, how much of a release, much bad language can be." "Entertaining, widely informed."

    

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Hardback Editions

1656 : UK Hardback
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Title: Your Mother's Tongue: Book of European Invective
Author(s): Stephen Burgen
ISBN: 0-575-06131-6 / 978-0-575-06131-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

1997 : UK Paperback
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Title: Your Mother's Tongue: Book of European Invective
Author(s): Stephen Burgen
ISBN: 0-575-40090-0 / 978-0-575-40090-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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February 1996 : USA Paperback
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Title: Your Mother's Tongue: A Book Of European Invective
Author(s): Stephen Burgen
ISBN: 0-7567-7462-4 / 978-0-7567-7462-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Diane Pub Co
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