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When President Obama signed the affordable health care act in 2009, the Vice President was overheard to utter an enthusiastic "This is a big f****** deal!" A town in Massachusetts levies $20 fines on swearing in public. Nothing is as paradoxical as our attitude toward swearing and "bad language": how can we judge profanity so harshly in principle, yet use it so frequently in practice? Though profanity is more acceptable today than ever, it is still labeled as rude, or at best tolerable only under specific circumstances. Cursing, many argue, signals an absence of character, or poor parenting, and is something to avoid at all costs. Yet plenty of us are unconcerned about the dangers of profanity; bad words are commonly used in mainstream music, Academy Award-winning films, books, and newspapers. And of course, regular people use them in conversation every day.

In In Praise of Profanity, Michael Adams offers a provocative, unapologetic defense of profanity, arguing that we've oversimplified profanity by labeling it as taboo. Profanity is valuable, even essential, both as a vehicle of communication and an element of style. As much as we may deplore it in some contexts, we should celebrate it in others. Adams skillfully weaves together linguistic and psychological analyses of why we swear-for emotional release, as a way to promote group solidarity, or to create intimate relationships -- with colorful examples of profanity in literature, TV, film, and music, such as The Sopranos, James Kelman's How Late It Was, How Late, or the songs of Nellie McKay. This breezy, jargon-free book will challenge readers to reconsider the way they think about swearing.
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Dr. Adam Cassidy knew two things: life isn’t easy and fate’s a bitch. Adam's last mission cost him an eye, his memory, and any chance of staying with his military brothers-in-arms on Guardian's Alpha Team. After two years he'd scraped together the remnants of his life. He’d refined, rebuilt and pushed on alone. Yet at night, when sleep eluded him, the fleeting memory of a warm, welcome press of soft skin and the distant memory of a faceless, nameless woman haunted him. Keelee Marshall knew all about loss. The man she loved beyond reason had disappeared on the battlefields of Afghanistan even though he now lived three buildings over...on the same ranch. She couldn't forget their brief nights of passion—but Adam had. Keelee would have to fight for Adam's love, because he was hell-bent on pushing her into the arms of a man she didn’t want and a future devoid of the one thing she needed most. Adam. For Adam and Keelee a life together may never happen, unless love can trump the cards fate has dealt. She'd go all in, but only if the man holding the cards was her Guardian.

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  • Michael D. Adams

    03/22/17 ,via Lewiston Sun Journal

    Michael was born in Lewiston to Muriel Aube and Earle Adams on Oct. 31, 1947. He graduated from Thomas College in Waterville. He was self-employed as a CPA for 34 years. He was a veteran of the Vietnam War serving in the U.S. Navy. Michael is 

  • Panthers sign Mike Adams

    03/10/17 ,via

    The Panthers eventually brought in veteran Michael Griffin, in part to free up Coleman to take more snaps at free safety where he had so much success in 2015. Adams, a natural strong safety, can provide more opportunities for Coleman at the free safety


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  • Adam Schiff: Devin Nunes Attempting To Choke Off Public Information Into Trump’s Ties To Russia

    03/25/17 ,via

    Today, Adam Schiff tweeted that the Chairman’s cancellation of ... to make room for a closed-door briefing with FBI Director James Comey and NSA head Michael Rogers — not because Monday’s open hearing with those officials was potentially politically ...

  • Ding, Giri Lead In Shenzen, Where Bishops Rule

    03/25/17 ,via

    The other participants are GMs Michael Adams, Peter Svidler, Pentala Harikrishna, and Yu Yangyi. A new and strong tournament has appeared on the calendar, and it's taking place in China. The Shenzen Masters is a six-player, double round robin held in ...

  • Adam Savage on his live science show, cosplay, and ‘promoting the joy in making things’

    03/25/17 ,via The Verge

    “You guys have to check this out,” MythBusters veteran Adam Savage says to a small group of assembled crew members for his traveling show, Brain Candy Live! Along with Michael Stevens (host of the YouTube channel Vsauce), Savage has been touring the ...


The chess games of Michael Adams

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Michael Adams (chess player) - Wikipedia

Michael Adams (born 17 November 1971) is an English chess Grandmaster (1989). His highest ranking is world No. 4, achieved several times from October 2000 to October ...

Michael Adams - Wikipedia

Michael Adams may refer to: Johann Friedrich Adam (1780–1838), Russian botanist, later called Michael Friedrich Adams; Michael Adams (politician) (1845–1899 ...

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Michael Adams confirms his invitation for the 4th London Chess Classic ...

Michael Adams confirms his invitation for the 4th London Chess Classic ...

For more than three decades, Michael Adams, now President Emeritus at ...

For more than three decades, Michael Adams, now President Emeritus at ...