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Guide to blaspheming

13 October 2010


From Mr J. Hamilton

Sir, — To prepare for a holiday in Italy this summer, I bought Lonely Planet’s Italian Phrasebook (Third edition, 2008). I was intrigued to come across a section entitled “Swearing”, and the fact that Lonely Planet clearly felt it necessary to facilitate the communication of English swear words in Italian.

My curiosity changed to shock in reading that three of the seven “swear” words listed were “God!”, “Christ!” and “Jesus!” In contrast, in a section entitled “Beliefs and cultural differences”, there is but one mention of God, and none of either Christ or Jesus.

A letter to Lonely Planet has elicited no response.

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