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Discussion in 'Bad Dog Cafe' started by Bergy, Feb 15, 2019.
i still cant believe it took me 50 years to realize it was a combo of the 2 most used
At the risk of contradicting people smarter than me, this is not my experience. I hear less educated, working-class folks curse WAY more often than more educated people. (of course, "smarter" and "better educated" aren't necessarily the same thing) I suspect "smarter" people are able to exercise better self-control, and don't just burst out with profanity in public.
Thirty or more years ago, I came to realize my vocabulary was more vulgar than I liked.....I never cursed among strangers or immediate family, but I actually was embarrassed at what I was even THINKING. I made a serious and conscious decision to stop, and I did. I have a reputation by many around me that I'm a prude, or "holier-than-thou" but that's ok. I will occasionally use a euphemism like gosh or darn, but that's the extent.
I think curse words have lost most of their impact through over-use, and people have to increase the frequency of use to compensate. Like an "arms race", I choose not to "escalate".
There was a local band here in the late sixties called "Shux"........
In my Navy days, when there was mixed company we were known to "hose things up" when we made mistakes, or someone was "full of hot gas" when their credibility was questionable. Personally, I subconsciously let loose with a little "sh*t" when I make mistakes, which is why I don't play at church anymore.
However much you cuss, it most likely pails in comparison to Tiger Woods's invectives. There have been at least 15 FCC complaints filed by TV viewers concerning Tiger Woods's firing off cuss words during his camera time during golf competitions. So far he excels against his competitors garnering 67% of the complaints filed against the entire mass of PGA professionals! Damn, that boy can cuss. Once when asked by an announcer about how others felt playing with him, and were they intimidated by the crowd of fans always present when Tiger is playing? He replied that's their F...…. problem.
If you think you have heard cursing, you should spend a day in the oilfields among oilfield workers. They weave cuss words into the air like fine tapestries hanging on hallowed walls. Robert De Niro would be shamed by his limited vocabulary of cuss words by them.
It was funnier in the original...
Where I come from Fudge is a common alternative to the usual F-Bomb. Flipping hell or bloody hell are quite common too. Bugger is generally acceptable over there but probably not so much here. Like when my mates and I were kids and did silly amusing things we were called silly buggers.
My Dad would spit out
"Son of a Pup" with such ferocity, it never occurred to anyone that it actually wasn't swear words.
I think when you bottle up the impulse that often leads to uttered swear words, you're into deeper water there than you would be with casual profanity.
Son of a bucket
Jesus, Joseph, and Mary
have you tried a hammer ?
What have we come to, when Men can't cuss.
Next we'll be barred from retiring to another room to smoke and drink strong spirits after dinner, while the help and/or womenfolks tidy up.
btw, nobody swears like the Irish
What my late father-in-law would say-"dith!" which means dammit to hell
My favorite is %#¥*€&@ but I’m not quite sure how to pronounce it.
For written communication, I occasionally use (expletive deleted).
Mother Puss Bucket