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review 2018-03-04 00:54
What the F -- loads of fun for the whole office
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves - Benjamin K. Bergen

I've always wondered why giving someone "the bird" in England requires two fingers and in the US only one. I worry that someday I'll accidentally make a peace sign in the wrong country, so I keep my hands out of it. Now I can be a tad less worried because I know how to swear in quite a few countries both with my mouth and my hands! This book has been a great highlight of my office over the last few weeks -- so much so that I renewed it from the library so we could continue our studies. We may be boring old science types, but we can curse with the best of 'em.

 

Which word is most offensive? In various studies, it's always the same. (You'll have to look it up.) He not only reminds us the Pope swore during his weekly address but points out the double bind this lands the Church in. It's juicy: either the Pope is fallible, or he meant to say "in this f-ing..." As great as an admission of fallibility would be, it's even better to imagine that he meant to swear. And does anyone know my grade school principal, Sister Maria Virginia? Because she owes me back some detention hours either way.

 

We all know swearing has been around, so instead of history he gives us specific cases including Jacques Lordat, a French neuroscientist born in the 1700s. Lordat was the precursor to Jill Bolte Taylor (My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey.) He wrote of his own stroke and went on to greatly further the field by dedicating his life to the study of brain injury. Lordat brings us the rather tragic case of a parish priest who also had a stroke but was able to say only two words after. One of those words started with an F and was a word so scandalous it wasn't included in dictionaries or Lordat's report. (Not the English F-word. This can get very confusing.)

 

He dares to bring up the precious children everyone is always protecting and a whole host of ideas, science and thoughts about language and the way swearing affects each of us and society overall. A good and fun, if not mandatory or clean, read.

 

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text 2018-01-16 03:32
Irwin Consulting Services Review: Hur man kan vara säker på bergen i vinter

Vintern hade definitivt kommit den här gången och andra människor skulle vilja fira semesterperioden med en viss utmaning genom att klättra upp berg. Det finns en hel del individer som är mycket ivriga om utomhusaktiviteter och vintern kan vara en ytterligare utmaning för deras passion. Men med varje satsning du kommer att ta, Irwin konsulttjänster skulle vilja att du alltid se till din egen säkerhet och andra människor runt omkring dig.

 

Dina vänner, kollegor eller hela familjen kan ta på sig olika aktiviteter på snöiga berg som snöskor, Skidåkning, eller andra relaterade aktiviteter. Men lokala myndigheter skulle vilja påminna människor att utrustas med ordentlig utrustning och färdigheter innan klättring för att överleva alla aldrig tidigare skådade händelser på fjällen.

 

Se till att platsen är säker och öppen, och även lämplig för din hälsa eller konditionsnivå. Informera några släktingar eller nära vänner om platsen för din utflykt inklusive Beräknad tid och datum för din återkomst samt instansen när de ska ringa för hjälp.

 

Det är ofta rekommenderas att klättra berg i en grupp av två eller flera för att få den skadade behandlas av den andra och ta hand om honom eller henne i händelse av en nödsituation. Men om du går Solo, ta med material som behövs för din överlevnad och alltid redo telefonen för nödsituationer kontakt.

 

Du vill inte vara instängd i mörkret på bergen så bär med dig ett antal ljuskällor som beror på hur många nätter och dagar du planerar att tälta eller stanna i berget. Irwin Consulting Services uppmuntrar dig att vara helt förberedd för det mörka eftersom det kan medföra vissa faror för dig som är okända under dagsljus.

 

Inte panik när du märkte att du redan är förlorad, men istället samla dina tankar och hålla dig varm. Räddare kan rida en helikopter så se till att du är synlig från himlen. I fall det finns en brådskande nödsituation vänta inte tills det blir mörkt att ringa för hjälp. Ju tidigare desto bättre eftersom detta kommer att ge räddare mer tid att komma in i dig medan solen fortfarande är uppe.

 

I USA kan du fortfarande nå 9-1-1 även utan någon signal på telefonen eftersom systemet kommer att aktivera alla cell tornet. Aldrig börja ett äventyr utanför ditt hem med en låg bat telefon eftersom du behövde för att säkra en fulladdad telefon för att kontakta hjälp i händelse av nödsituationer. Om möjligt, ta med en satellittelefon med dig eftersom det kan finnas ett scenario där du kan vara instängd i en plats utan cell tjänst alls.

 

Tyvärr kan en lavin hända när du klättrar ett snöigt berg så utrusta dig med lavin säkerhetsutrustning som en transceiver, sond, spade, och kunskap om hur man använder dem på rätt sätt. För att minska lavin exponering, lära sig att navigera genom terrängen.

 

Irwin Consulting Services förstår den passion som finns inom dig att ta utmaningen att klättra snöiga berg eller helt enkelt göra milda aktiviteter med hela familjen i vinter och semesterperioden, alltså gruppen skulle bara vilja att ni är engagerade i säkerställa alla andras säkerhet i denna strävan.

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text 2017-05-23 04:30
Today's daily deal on Audible...
Louder Than Words: The New Science of How the Mind Makes Meaning - Benjamin K. Bergen I just finished Bergen's What the F and liked it, so, let me see what else Mr. Bergen has to say.
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text 2017-04-28 22:45
A bit scientific but a book for lovers of words, all words
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves - Benjamin K. Bergen

A couple of books published recently have tackled the heretofore taboo yet titillating topic of taboo/profane words. This is the one that I just happened to buy but I guess that it could have been anyone of them. The title was read by the author and I usually avoid self-read titles because just because you can write beautifully doesn't mean that you are pleasant to listen to for multiple hours. Bergen is an exception to the rule; he reads as well as he writes. The book is nicely organized. It has a basis in scientific research and is filled with anecdotal evidence to support the points he is trying to make. He writes for a broad audience not academia.

 

Warning, if you hearing/reading taboo/obscene/profane language in any context offends, this book might not be for you. Bergen's over-all intent is not to offend but to explore the topic and discuss its social ramifications. Four-letter words are here to stay; we might as well learn a little bit more about them.

 

If nothing else, this book made me think and it made me want to set my thoughts to paper. I don't have a problem with declaring some words to be taboo--particularly slurs. In fact, I am actually in favor of it. Except for slurs, I also don't have a problem with judiciously using taboo words in my own speech. However, I think that one should not use them with impunity (that is the way I was brought up); there is a time and a place and an appropriate audience. I still don't drop f-bombs in front of my parents, who I don't think I have ever heard use the word, and I don't regularly sprinkle my speech them (to the effect that when I use them, they are powerful!). I don't full agree with Bergen's take on our attempts to censor speech.  I'm in favor of censorship on the airwaves and of ratings of TV, movies and videogames that protect my right not to have to hear any of these words or to have my children hear these words. It should be up to me when I want to hear taboo speech and under what circumstances. I'm not against free speech; I'm just against those who think that just because they say it that others want to hear it or even have to react positively to their utterances. If you insist on peppering each sentence you utter with f-bombs this that and the other, you will soon find that we aren't having very many conversations. Daddy always said that smart people don't need to use taboo language to express themselves and that has always formed the way I try to speak. But yeah, I'm no goody-two-shoes; I do have my moments.

 

 

 

 

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text 2017-04-12 18:10
Today's daily deal on Audible...
What the F: What Swearing Reveals About Our Language, Our Brains, and Ourselves - Benjamin K. Bergen

I'm on a winning streak. This is he second "Daily Deal" this month. And oddly enough, both of them have been titles that are being read by the author, something I tend to avoid because good authors aren't necessarily good narrators. But I listened to the sample before deciding to buy and surprisingly, both authors weren't half bad.

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