Indecency, Obscenity and Profanity

The Shortlist: How Language Came to Be — and How We Use It Today

Three new books tackle various mysteries from the world of linguistics: why we swear, why we say “mm-hmm” all the time and how conversation arose.

Russia Quietly Tightens Reins on Web With ‘Bloggers Law’

Taking another step to restrict Russia’s Internet, President Vladimir V. Putin quietly signed a new law requiring popular online voices to register with the government.