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Re: CHAT: Swearing // was CHAT: Murgatroyd

From:J Y S Czhang <czhang23@...>
Date:Monday, July 1, 2002, 3:20
In a message dated 06/29/2002 06.28.36 PM, Adrian (morg0072@FLINDERS.EDU.AU)

>I also wonder whether specific words have the same connotations to >other people that they do to me, particularly internationally. Every >swear word has its particular emotive attachment - I would list them >as follows: > >"shit" - misfortune/disappointment
shit (or "merde"... I cuss in lousy French at times) = more a brainstunned sense of "[WoW - or -Uh Oh] I didn't expect THAT!" or "Crikey! I don't bleedin' frikkin' believe THIS!" - both of these are in a more emphatic sense of "C'est le vie..." (life being _subjectively_ "fulla beautiful shit, good shit, bad shit, undifferentiated shit and just plain ugly, nasty shit"... and then - of course - there is shit as "blinkin' stuff too much to list/mention", shit as "excessive refuse, trash" and shit as ... shit... ;) ... an all-purpose swear word I guess...
>"bloody" - anger/frustration
Well for me "bloody" and variations thereon are just "emphasizers" and "intensifiers" (see brief example above)
>"fuck" - contempt
Just a notch or two above "shit" as well as various derivatives as needed for terms of utter contempt or shock (i.e. "Oh fuck!"). On rare occasions of complete existential despair or demoralization [a la the Judeo-Christian character Job], I even address my panentheistic Higher Power(s) as "Hey you M-th-r-f-ck-er..." while shakin' my boney arms at everything in existence ;) Hanuman Zhang ---------------------______________ "Excess is excrement. Excrement retained in the body is poison." - Ursula K. Le Guin "O wise humanity, terribly wise humanity! Of thee I sing. How inscrutable is the civilization where men toil and work and worry their hair gray to get a living and forget to play!" - Lin Yutang, _The Importance of Living_ "The phrase 'the cost of living' is a not-so-subtle threat that life itself can be For Sale to the highest bidder ... that living without dreams is 'realistic' and that dying in the gutter may be 'cheap'." - Yuri Mayakovskii