- You have to see it to believe it: there is no other publication like it in the
- Maledicta discusses language honestly: no dashes, no asterisks, no moralistic
pussyfooting. Our motto: "They say it -- we print it."
- Therefore, not for prudish, narrow-minded, "sensitive" or "politically
- Maledicta is a series of 160-352-page books enjoyed by intelligent readers
in at least 78 countries.
- Neither boringly cacademic nor vulgar, Maledicta provides information
and entertainment by its unique mixture of scholarly and popular, serious and witty,
long and short, important and ephemeral essays and glossaries about "bad"
words in English and many other languages.
- Maledicta features wicked wordplays and ribald riddles told from coast
to coast and throughout the world.
- Now in its 30th year, Maledicta is as sassy and witty as ever.
- Quality typeset and printed. Sewn in soft covers. More than 100,000 copies in
- Maledicta specializes in offensive and negatively valued words and expressions
from all languages and cultures, past and present. Its main areas of interest are
the origin, etymology, meaning, use, and influence of verbal aggression and verbal
abuse of any kind, as well as language usually considered vulgar, obscene, or blasphemous.
- Topics cover most academic fields, especially anthropology, folklore, languages,
lexicography, linguistics, philology, psychology, and sociology. Contents are limited
to the following subjects:
Terms of Abuse
Boasts and Tall Talk
Terms of Endearment
Jargon of Subcultures
Libel and Slander
Age and Sex Groups
Satire and Sarcasm
Murder and Suicide
- The International Maledicta Society, founded in 1976, unites some 6,000
scholars and others interested in this ubiquitous phenomenon of human speech. Our
open-minded and elite members and readers are from all walks of life: professors
of anthropology, English, folklore, languages, linguistics, philology, psychology,
and sociology; attorneys, judges, physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, clergy, editors,
writers, embassy staff, librarians, and others interested in all words.
- The International Maledicta Archive serves as the only information source
worldwide for maledicta-related research accomplished or in progress. The Archive,
begun in 1965, contains some 3,000 books, 18,000 pages of published research, and
6,000 bibliographical file cards of maledicta-related material from some 220 languages
and dialects from the past 5,000 years.
- Libraries: Many major university, college
and large public libraries, research libraries, foreign national libraries, academic
departments, and government agencies subscribe to Maledicta.
- Maledicta's Editor and Publisher, Reinhold Aman (Ph.D., University of
Texas, 1968, in Medieval Literatures and Linguistics), speaks six languages and dabbles
in dozens of others. He taught at the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin until 1974
before leaving Cacademia in disgust.
- All communications, including address changes, orders, and books for short annotation,
should be sent to the Editor.
- Maledicta does not accept advertising.
- The Editor cannot accept any further manuscripts.
- Selected articles of Maledicta are abstracted in Sociological Abstracts
and contents are listed in the MLA International Bibliography, Periodicals
Contents Index (PCI), and other international bibliographies.