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Uses and Abuses

Fry's Planet Word Episode 3 of 5

This programme looks at the ways language is used and abused. While not everyone approves of 'bad' language, Stephen learns that swearing plays an important part in human communication the world over.

He undergoes an MRI scan and discovers the parts of the brain associated with swearing - and meets a sufferer of Tourette's and a stroke patient who swear they can't help using the f-word. Stephen and Brian Blessed participate in some rather colourful experiments to examine how swearing can help relieve pain.

Stephen discusses the positive and negative power of 'bad' words in humour and social interactions with Armando Iannucci, Stephen K Amos and Omid Djalili, and discovers how we use double entendres, euphemisms, and politesse to hide true meanings.

Stephen meets nurses, teenagers, and rappers to discover how slang and jargon can both aid and thwart clear communication, but ultimately add to the richness and texture of language.

1 hour

Last on

Thu 29 Dec 2011 00:00

Credits

Role Contributor
WriterStephen Fry
WriterStephen Fry
PresenterStephen Fry
PresenterStephen Fry
ComposerDebbie Wiseman
ComposerDebbie Wiseman
Executive ProducerGina Carter
Executive ProducerGina Carter
ProducerHelen Williamson
ProducerHelen Williamson
DirectorHelen Williamson
DirectorHelen Williamson

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