When you hear the F-word in a modern Hollywood movie about life in an earlier century, you may wonder if this expletive is an anachronism. Is the F-word of recent vintage, or did Hollywood actually get right this time? Grant recommends a book on the subject, Encyclopedia of Swearing by Geoffrey Hughes. This is part of a complete episode.
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