|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, November 12, 1998, 2:36|
> The Irish style of cursing, at least in the 'Gaeilge' speaking part of
> it is mostly religious. 'T'anam don diabhal' You're soul to the devil.
> 'Bas gan sagart duit' Death without a priest to you. etc. etc.
> In the part of Ireland where English is spoken, sexual cursing and
> bodily function swearing are common. So guess there must be a cultural
> difference between those who speak Irish ,and, those who speak English.
At one time in English, religious swearing was considered the worse, so
that even "damn" was considered a powerful curse word. I guess it's
just a matter of how religious the culture is, maybe.
"It has occured to me more than once that holy boredom is good and
sufficient reason for the invention of free will." - "Lord Leto II"
(Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert)
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