that bloody isn't a swear word anymore (twas when I was a kid).
I've just heard it on The One Show, so it's demoted to the same level of effectiveness as the word 'nice'.
Does it? How so Dave.
I think a lot of words have become almost acceptable now - rightly or wrongly.
Did you not see Stephen Fry's wonderful series on language? Words add power or humour when used creatively. I would include swear words in that, they are very emotional words as has been proved in Tourette's research and stroke victims. When spat out 10 a penny, they lose that value, but when used intelligently...
A bad workman blames his tools and all that.
My mother was always mortified when anyone swore to such an extent that at a family gathering if anyone used any of the words: Bloody, bugger, sod, we would really cop it.
However, she couldn't believe that 'wanker' was a swear word at all.
Rumour has it she had a 'run in' with a well known loud mouth at some meeting and used it to some effect.
RicF wrote (see)
My mother was always mortified when anyone swore to such an extent that at a family gathering if anyone used any of the words: Bloody, bugger, sod, we would really cop it. However, she couldn't believe that 'wanker' was a swear word at all. Rumour has it she had a 'run in' with a well known loud mouth at some meeting and used it to some effect.
Ok, that's funny because I would put wanker on the higher tier to the other words you mentioned. I still remember the first time I properly swore in front of my mum (who has a very posh accent). I had just passed my driving test at 17 and was trying to reverse down the very tight back lane to our house. I got the angle wrong and forgot where I was so 'Fuck it' came out of my mouth; and then a stunned silence because for whatever else i did in my youth which was 100x worse, I never swore in front of my mum.
'Yes, fuck it'
was trying to reverse down the very tight back lane to our house
That could be a great euphemism taken out of context.
I remember when I was learning to drive telling my parents and elder brother to "Shut the fuck up or you're walking home". I was getting a lot of conflicting advise on what I should be doing.
Didn't hear a peep out of any of them after that.
Proving my point Gertie, that emotional words have power when used in the right context. I find language fascinating, it's complex and combined with expression and body language you do get the message and act accordingly.
For example, if a police(wo)man said to you 'Get the fuck out of here' as opposed to 'please move along', you would know that in the first scenario he/she is probably saving your life.
My point is that you wouldn't expect the word fuck to be used by the police when dealing with law abiding citizens so ergo, it's that word that makes the alarm bells ring.
Bloody has become so devalued that my ex almost never used it alone. She would without thinking append "fucking" to "bloody" nearly everytime she used it, presumably to get the level of emphasis she would previously have achieved with "bloody" alone.
For example, upon finding a cat shit upon the front lawn, "That bloody cat!" became "That bloody-fucking cat!"
At least she hasn't upgraded to 'that bloody-fucking-cunt of a cat'.
I do hate the C word and would never type or say it...
i am a great swearer and so is my mum
My cat that no-one liked except me was called Homer, but my husband felt the need to give him a 'Pedigree' name:
Ironically, he was only a puffafish version of a fake Persion Blue for a very short period of his life, but the name stuck.
the dude abides wrote (see)
i am a great swearer and so is my mum
You miss-spelled 'sweater'.
I still consider it to be a swear word. As Dave the ex spartan says, it shows a lack of vocabulary.
Stephen Fry swears - I'd hardly say he's someone with a limited vocabulary!
Oh please, lets not be quoting Stephen Fry ...... is he still playing on his 'uk's smartest man reputation'? No doubt started by himself ........ self indulgent bore.
Oh God, I used those dots ........again, oh well maybe KK won't notice.
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