It's fifteen years old so thinks may well have shifted since then
sometimes people are taken aback by the frequent use of the word c*nt in glasgow.
it isn't even an insult anymore. it just means person.
example, I was at a bus stop the other day and the driver shouted at those trying to hurry on board: "haw yous, there are some c*nts trying to get off here!"
My mum has had a sheltered life.
Years ago she went to see the film Billy Elliott. Afterwards she told me she thought the film was unreaslitic, as nobody swears as much as that.
I have never sworn in front of her, but I do swear occasionally and I don't think there's anything wrong with it, in its place.
I don't bother with bloody - I agree that is not a swear word any more - but I don't use the C word either!
Table 15: List of swear words
Very Fairly Quite Not Not Mean Ranking
severe severe mild swearing stated (4 point scale) in 1994
% % % % %
Cunt 81 13 3* *1 *1 3.6 1
Motherfucker 82 13 4 *1 - 3.6 3
Fuck 75 19 5 *1 *1 3.4 1
Wanker 41 34 21 4 * 2.5 4
Bastard 37 34 22 6 *1 2.4 5
Twat 34 22 27 16 *1 2.1 9
Bollocks 32 32 29 6 *1 2.2 8
Prick 31 29 31 7 *1 2.2 6
Shag 31 28 31 10 *1 2.1 *n/a
Arsehole 26 36 31 6 *1 2.1 7I think the above actually confirms tha tit is the context, as it would appear by adding the word 'mother' to fucker, actually makes it worse than just using the word fuck on its own ... so rather than the word being offensive it seems to be the intent
oh darn, the bloomin' table didn't print correctly
interesting ranking, I'd have definitely put a twat above a wanker, and i'd say slag is worse than shag. i don't really recall "motherfucker" as a popular swearword at school in the 80's and early 90's. "fuck" and "shit" were the go-to curses, with the odd "bastard", but i feel that "motherfucker" is a US import.
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