Swearing, part 1

The art or science of swearing, http://www.woolamaloo.org.uk/?p=2157

If making compliments in another language is difficult swearing is – well – darn difficult.  You have to walk the fine line between saying something that is actually considered swearing – and not something little old British ladies like to say such as “oh dear”,  “bloody hell” or “what a pain in the neck” – and not being so gross and outrageous that you offend everybody around you.

One thing to keep in mind is that – American prudishness aside – most swearing has a sexual connotation,  the so-called f-word is absolutely everywhere.  The s-word held so dearly in German swearing  is used but not quite as frequently.

From they way these last two sentences are written you can tell that the less offensive description, namely f-word is used frequently, especially when kids are around.  Everybody knows what the f-word is – it requires no further explanation and is unambiguous.

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