Books: The Future of Swearing

FOUR-LETTER WORD GAMES by Renatus Hartogs with Hans Fantal. 186 pages. Evans. $5.

Back in 1940, Dutch-born Psychiatrist Renatus Hartogs suffered a traumatic experience on a Long Island highway. Unable to fix a flat tire, he summoned a garage mechanic, who

failed also. "I can't get this wheel

off!" the fellow cried. Dr. Hartogs was astounded. As he recalls: "The idea of a wheel engaging in sexual intercourse perplexed me."

Then a revelation hit Dr. Hartogs:

English is virtually without gender—it is, in fact, suspiciously without sex. Dr. Hartogs was educated in Germany, where a girl...

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