Verbatim : From the bawdy to the sublime, the best writing on language for word lovers, grammar mavens, and armchair linguists. (edited by Erin McKean)
Five stars!! God, I love this book! Where else are you going to find a fascinating exegesis of the use of slang in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, a discussion of the specific nuances of language within the S/M community, and a discussion of dirty words down the centuries in a single volume? Buy a copy for yourself and several more for your friends who like to explore the back alleys of language.