Maledicta 13

Compiled by Reinhold Aman

  • Alexander, Richard J. Aspects of Verbal Humour in English. Tübingen: Gunter Narr Verlag, 1997. 217 pp.

  • Bosmans, Bart and Axel Thiel. Guide to Graffiti-Research. Gent: Uitgeverij Rhinoceros, 1995. 313 pp. http://people.freenet.de/graffitiforschung.de/KSurl.htm (11,000 pages!)

  • Claire, Elizabeth. Dangerous English 2000! An Indispensable Guide for Language Learners and Others. McHenry, Ill.: Delta Publ. Co., 3rd ed. 1998. 202 pp. http://www.elizabethclaire.com/books/de2000.html

  • Cornog, Martha. The Big Book of Masturbation: From Angst to Zeal. San Francisco: Down There Press, 2003. 335 pp.

  • Dagrin, Bengt. Stora Fula Ordboken. Stockholm: Carlsson, 2000. 503 pp. [Paperback, 7,000 words, 50 SEK, 5.50 EURO or US$5.00. Order from B.D., Österportstorg 5-A, S-271 41 Ystad, Sweden]

  • Dalzell, Tom. Flappers 2 Rappers: American Youth Slang. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1996. 256 pp.

  • ____. The Slang of Sin. Springfield, Mass.: Merriam-Webster, 1998. 385 pp.

  • Drummond, D.A. and Gareth Perkins. Dictionary of Russian Obscenities. Oakland, Calif.: Scythian Books, 1987. 11th printing, 1996. 94 pp.

  • Grassi, Natascia. La traduzione degli insulti nel doppiaggio di film americani. Thesis, Università di Bologna, 2003. [On the (mis-)translations of insults in American films dubbed into Italian; plus detailed discussion of insults, curses, swearwords]

  • Green, Jonathon. The Big Book of Being Rude: 7000 Slang Insults. London: Cassell, 2000. 380 pp.

  • ____. The Big Book of Bodily Functions: 4500 Words for Bodily Functions and Body Parts. London: Cassell, 2002. 352 pp.

  • ____. The Big Book of Filth: 6500 Sex Slang Words and Phrases. London: Cassell, 1999. 288 pp.

  • ____. Cassell Dictionary of Insulting Quotations. London: Cassell, 1998. 288 pp.

  • ____. Cassell's Dictionary of Slang. London: Cassell, 1998. 1,316 pp.

  • ____. Cassell's Rhyming Slang. London: Cassell, 2000. 255 pp.

  • Gregersen, Edgar A. 1001 Insults in 200 Languages: Your Mother's Testicles, Your Grandfather's Mouth, and Other Maledictions. New York: Irvington. Forthcoming.

  • Guri, Yosef. Lomir hern gute psures: yidishe brokhes un kloles [Let's Hear Only Good News: Yiddish Blessings and Curses. In Yiddish, Hebrew, English, Russian.]. Jerusalem: The Hebrew University Magnes Press, 2004. 280 pp. http://magnespress.huji.ac.il/catalog_en/index.asp?id=2496

  • Havryliv, Oksana. Pejorative Lexik: Untersuchungen zu ihrem semantischen und kommunikativ-pragmatischen Aspekt am Beispiel moderner deutschsprachiger, besonders österreichischer Literatur. Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2003. 155 pp. See also my review of her Ukrainian dissertation on that topic at http://www.sonic.net/maledicta/holod.html

  • Jay, Timothy. Why We Curse: A Neuro-Psycho-Social Theory of Speech. Philadelphia/Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2000. 328 pp.

  • Jenstad, Tor Erik. Den store norske skjellsordboka. Oslo: Marcus Forlag, 1992. 192 pp.

  • ____. Nye skjellsordboka. Trondheim: Tapir Forlag, 1999. 159 pp.

  • Kielbasa, Stanislaw [pseud.]. Dictionary of Polish Obscenities. Oakland, Calif.: Scythian Books, 3rd rev. ed. 1994. 93 pp.

  • Masthay, Carl. Kaskaskia Illinois-to-French Dictionary. St. Louis: Carl Masthay, 2002. 757 pp. Chapter of Kaskaskia maledicta, pp. 35-39. [Order from C.M., 838 Larkin Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63141-7758] http://www.afreeb.com/kaskaskiadictionary.html and http://www.puzz.com/kaskaskiadictionary.html

  • Matisoff, James A. Blessings, Curses, Hopes, and Fears: Psycho-Ostensive Expressions in Yiddish. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2000. Second ed., with a new preface and updated bibliography, xxxi + 160 pp. http://www.sup.org/cgi-bin/search/book_desc.cgi?book_id=3393 3394

  • Montagu, Ashley. The Anatomy of Swearing. Philadelphia: Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2001. 370 pp. Reprint of the original 1967 edition.

  • Nezmah, Bernard. Kletvice in psovke. Ljubljana: Nova revija, 1997. 182 pp. [Slovenian cursing and swearing]

  • Palmer, Joe Darwin. Watch Boys and Other Stories. A collection of biographical and fictionalized stories and personal essays about Islamic, Thai, and American culture. Cranston, R.I.: The Writers' Collective, 2003. 290 pp. [Not maledictive, but fascinating]

  • Paros, Lawrence. Bawdy Language: Everything You Always Wanted to Do But Were Afraid to Say. Kirkland, Wa: Kvetch Press, 2003. 264 pp. http://www.bawdylanguage.com

  • Pfeiffer, Herbert. Das große Schimpfwörterbuch: Über 10.000 Schimpf-, Spott- und Neckwörter zur Bezeichnung von Personen. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 1996. 557 pp.

  • Raeithel, Gerd. Der ethnische Witz. Am Beispiel Nordamerikas. Frankfurt am Main: Eichborn, 1996. 192 pp.

  • Sanders, Ewoud and Rob Tempelaars. Krijg de vinkentering! 1001 Nederlandse en Vlaamse verwensingen. Amsterdam/Antwerp: Uitgeverij Contact, 1998. 192 pp. http://www.sonic.net/maledicta/vinkentering.html

  • Siegl, Norbert. Graffiti-Enzyklopädie: Von Kyselak bis HipHop-Jam. Wien: Österreichischer Kunst- und Kulturverlag, 2001. 256 pp. http://graffiti.netbase.org/enz2.htm and http://graffiti.netbase.org/

  • Slone, Thomas H. Prokem: An Analysis of a Jakartan Slang. Oakland, Calif.: Masalai Press, 2003. 98 pp. http://THSlone.tripod.com/masalaipress.html

  • ____. Rasta is Cuss: A Dictionary of Rastafarian Cursing. Oakland, Calif.: Masalai Press, 2003. 98 pp. http://THSlone.tripod.com/masalaipress.html

  • ____. One Thousand One Papua New Guinean Nights: Folktales from Wantok Newspaper. Oakland: Masalai Press, 2001. Two volumes, 528 + 613 pp. [1,047 folktales originally published between 1972 and 1997 in Tok Pisin (Pidgin English). Translated into English; various indices. Not maledictive, but fascinating] http://members.tripod.com/~THSlone/1001PNGnights.html

  • van Sterkenburg, Piet G.J. Vloeken: Een cultuurbepaalde reactie op woede, irritatie en frustratie. Den Haag: Sdu Uitgeverij, 2001. 715 pp.

  • Wang, James J. Outrageous Chinese: A Guide to Chinese Street Language. San Francisco: China Books, 1994. 126 pp.

  • Weihs, Richard. Wiener Wut: Das Schimpfwörterbuch. Wien: Uhudla Edition, 2000. 90 pp.

  • Zhelvis, Vladimir I. Pole Brani. Moscow: Ladomir, 1997. 331 pp. [The Field of Swearing: Swearing as a Social Problem]

  • Zhou, Yimin, and James J. Wang. Mutant Mandarin: A Guide to New Chinese Slang. San Francisco: China Books, 1995. 170 pp.


    NOTE: If you wish to contact any of the above authors for book orders, etc., please let me know and I'll forward your request.

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