REVIEW: English as a Second F*cking Language by Sterling Johnson

Paperback, 96 pages
Published June 15th 1996 by St. Martin’s Griffin (first published June 1996)
ISBN: 031214329X (ISBN13: 9780312143299)
original title: English as a Second F*cking Language: How to Swear Effectively, Explained in Detail with Numerous Examples Taken From Everyday Life
2 stars



Goodreads Synopsis:
In English, swearing is essential to effective communication. Whether one wants to succeed in business, school, or social circles, a strong command of unprintable language is absolutely necessary. Employing a helpful “Need to Know, ” “Nice to Know, ” and “Forget It” system for identifying swear words, English as a Second Fcking Language offers an informative–and funny–look at taboo words and expressions to boost readers’ vocabularies.

My Thoughts:
You’d think with that title that it would be better than it was. I thought it was sort basic and elementary, and frankly, there were a lot of really great swears left out. As it turns out, this is “beginner swearing” – I kid you not, and it’s definitely evident when you read it. It was ok…I’ve come up with (much) better swears myself, and much more creative usage.

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