The History of Swear Words (2021) A Review

I learned a surprising amount and laughed a surprising amount, and the choice of Nicholas Cage was an inspired one. Shame they didn’t use him more.

Certificate: 15

Starring: Nikki Glaser, London Hughes, Elvis Mitchell

Number of Seasons: 1

Number of Episodes: 6

Genre: Documentary, Comedy

Runtime: 20 mins Episodes

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

An education in expletives: the history lesson you didn’t know you needed hosted by Nicolas Cage. A loud and proudly profane series that explores the origins, pop culture-usage, science and cultural impact of curse words.

I bet you never knew there was so much to be learned about the expletives that you say everyday.  Mostly we use swear words as a way of expressing emotion in a way that other words just don’t have the passion to portray.  As much as everyone tries, especially in front of ones grandmother, the odd swear word is going to slip in now and then, and this show tells us where these words come from.  And who better to host this show, then Nicholas Fucking Cage.  Great choice!

This show has a really good balance between comedy and actual facts.  There are comedians and actors and presenters talking about they love the words so much about how they can be used in conversation etc.  And then there are actual language experts that tell us the historical and etymological roots of the words.  Together this works surprisingly well, and is impressively interesting while still being pretty damn funny.  The episodes all run at twenty minutes, so it doesn’t over stay it’s welcome, you can binge the whole thing in 2 hours.

However, If you are going to use Nicholas Cage for something like this, make the most of him.  I feel like the little intros and outros and occasional little snippet in the middle was a waste of Nicholas Cage.  It was a great way to drew people in to watch the show, but I was expecting more of him.  But his dry humour, and dead pan delivery work so well, and of course his frequent use of the bad language is just as humorous as it always is.

Surprisingly informative and actually really funny, if you want something quick to watch this week, I highly recommend checking this out.

‘The History of Swear Words’ is streaming on Netflix now.

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