Hob’s review of Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms by Linda Berdoll


This review will contain Language that is Foul in nature and may be offensive to those of good breading and  high morals.

I am sure you will love it.

Let me start by saying how pleased as punch I am to see you misbegotten (*1) trollymogs (*2) here. I know you are busy  playing with the squirrels (*3) But I promise it won’t take you long to read this review.

  • *1 unlawfully or irregularly begotten; illegitimate
  • *2 village-bicycle or Town tramp
  • *3 being nuts


I love that last sentence don’t you? I couldn’t stop laughing the first time I read it. Hell I still laugh every time I read it.

Although enjoyable this book was not exactly what I was expecting. I thought it would be a list of polite insults to say in different situations Like this.



While there certainly was some of that it was more of a history of how insults and cuss words changed from then to know. And while I loved the history part it didn’t  really go further back then Victorian times and only brought up words from England and France for the most part.

I Abso-fucking-lutely loved this part about acronyms and the word Fuck


The only words that were completely new to me are a few ways of saying Pussy whipped. (*4)  The old way is actually so much better!  A man would be betwattled or for a Female, They might become cocksmitten. Its almost romantic don’t you think.

  • *4 A man who compromises his manhood in order to pacify the woman in the relationship for the purpose of maintaining access to the vagina


And while I knew Old Vicky was a Puritan of sorts I was not aware it went to these lengths.

Final thoughts

It was an amusing way to spend a hour. it was a short book I doubt it even took me that long but I didn’t pay attention so I am guessing. At 143 pages it is short and I had a E-book so the main use for a book like this as a coffee table book for the guests wouldn’t really work. I am going to give 3 out of 5 stars

You can read Very Nice Ways to Say Very Bad Things: An Unusual Book of Euphemisms by Linda Berdoll  for free right now if you have Kindle Unlimited


 For a much more in-depth history of  what people have called the fucknuts around us for the last 2,000 years check out the book

Holy Shit: A Brief History of Swearing by Melissa Mohr

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