Tag: swear word
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On 13 April 2017, the US military dropped the largest nonnuclear bomb it’s ever deployed on an Islamic State cave complex in Afghanistan: the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast. The bomb is better known, though, by its acronym, MOAB, which inspired the nickname the ‘Mother of All Bombs’. The Mother of All Bombs has struck […]more
Please note: this blog post discusses language that some readers may find offensive. (Kevin is playing a computer game. He is about to win when the electricity cuts out.) Kevin: What the fff… (Kevin’s great-aunt Nancy walks into the room.) …fudge! (Great-Aunt Nancy splashes some boiling water on herself as she makes a pot of […]more
Please note: this blog post discusses language that some readers may find offensive. It was in New York that I learned to tell people to fuck off, and I think I’m a better person for it. From what I have seen, New Yorkers are connoisseurs of the word fuck. They use it as an obscenity, […]more
Please note: this blog post discusses language that some readers may find offensive. Sometimes, people ask me, “What’s your favorite swear word?” I don’t know why. Also, I don’t know what to say. I’m interested in profanity but not especially invested in one word over another. It’s not a competition. They all have their uses, […]more
Swear words occupy a unique role in language: the same word can often be used to express anger, to offend, to emphasize, and even for comedic effect. Although all words have a register dictating how appropriate they are for a given situationmore
Have you ever noticed that many of our swear words (or curse words in American English) sound very much like German ones and not at all like French ones? From vulgar words for body parts (a German Arsch is easy to identify, but not so the French cul), to scatological and sexual verbs (doubtless you can spot […]more