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Discussion in 'off topic' started by mandryka, Aug 15, 2019.

  1. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    What are people’s opinion of the word “****”? I think it’s the best word in English - just look how semantically rich it is


    **** up
    **** over
    **** with
    **** around
    **** a duck
    ****ed off
    Sweet **** all
    **** knows
    **** off
    Go **** yourself
    I don’t give a flying ****
    **** buddy
    **** you

    And so on!
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2019
  2. Alfie

    Alfie undercover

  3. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Both posts seem to illustrate how totally meaningless the word has become. It is an everyday word, once used to shock that has long since outworn that use.
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  4. Cav

    Cav pfm Member

    It is used almost as punctuation by some of my acquaintances. I would not mind so much if they actually understood what punctuation is...
  5. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    Someone at work today was berating someone else for a punctuation mistake in an email with a wide circulation - there and their...………………………………….:rolleyes:
  6. tones

    tones Tones deaf

    Of course there's The Great Australian Adjective...

    I was down the Riverina, knockin' 'round the towns a bit,
    And occasionally resting with a schooner in me mitt,
    And on one of these occasions, when the bar was pretty full
    And the local blokes were arguin' assorted kind of bull,
    I heard a conversation, most peculiar in its way.
    It's only in Australia you would hear a joker say:

    "Whereya bloody been, ya drongo, haven't seen yer fer a week,
    And yer mate was lookin' for yer when ya come in from the creek.
    'E looked in bloody Ryan's, and around at bloody Joe's,
    And even at the Royal, where 'e bloody NEVER goes".

    And the other bloke says "Seen 'im, owed 'im half a bloody quid.
    "Forgot to give it back to him, but now I bloody did -
    "Coulda used the thing me bloody self. Been orf the bloody booze,
    "Up at Tumba-bloody-rumba shootin' kanga-bloody-roos."

    Now the bar was pretty quiet, and everybody heard
    The peculiar integration of this adjectival word,
    But no-one there was laughing, and me - I wasn't game,
    So I just sits back and lets them think I spoke the bloody same.

    Then someone else was interested to know just what he got,
    How many kanga-bloody-roos he bloody went and shot,
    And the shooting bloke says "Things are crook -
    "the drought's too bloody tough.
    "I got forty-bloody-seven, and that's good e-bloody-nough."

    And, as this polite rejoinder seemed to satisfy the mob,
    Everyone stopped listening and got on with the job,
    Which was drinkin' beer, and arguin', and talkin' of the heat,
    Of boggin' in the bitumen in the middle of the street,
    But as for me, I'm here to say the interesting piece of news
    Was Tumba-bloody-rumba shootin' kanga-bloody-roos.
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  7. matt j

    matt j pfm Member


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  8. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    It seems really strange to me that the forum software won’t let me post **** but it will let ****** through. The latter seems much more potentially offensive to me.

    It’s a sort of inbuilt sexual hangup (**** is at base a sexual word), but a tacit acceptance of racism. Very British.

    Tony should do something about this, I mean pink fish people are OK about ****ing but not OK about racism.
  9. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    ****** has been adopted by many western black populations as an acceptable self-use only name. At the end of the day, it is merely a corruption of the French/Spanish word for black, even if most commonly associated today with the slave trade/slaves in the US.

    Feck is absolutely acceptable almost without exception in all? much? of the island of Ireland. I half assume that is a word from Gaeilge, unconnected with the expletive here.

    Probably only one English swear word continues to have impact - the "c" word. Long may that remain so - I have to be seriously incensed to use it and it then fits like a glove to whatever, usually whoever, is at the receiving end.
  10. kendo

    kendo Prussian bot

    My favourite use of the **** word is Malcolm Tucker from the "In The Loop" film - "I know you disapprove of swearing so i’ll sort that out. you are a boring F star star c**t!"
  11. mandryka

    mandryka pfm Member

    That reminds me of once going to meet a friend of mine who was teaching in a Primary school in Mitcham. When I arrived the parents were picking up their kids, and the head had that day sent them with a letter to take home saying basically that they want adults not to spit and not to swear when they're dropping off or collecting the children. Well there was a huge argument between two women about whether **** is a swear word, or whether it has become acceptable. I'm inclined to think it has become no less acceptable than arse, or dickhead.
  12. Michael J

    Michael J pfm Member

    It's from Latin.

    It's from Father Ted.
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  13. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    **** is ****ing brilliant
  14. Vinny

    Vinny pfm Member

    So the Americans, before they were Americans, went back to the Latin root rather than the Spanish that was already there - my, they WERE ejacated.
    There speaks someone who has had no contact with Irish people...…………..

    Out of curiosity, I checked. My half assumption was correct - https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=feck
  15. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    I worked at a computer company in Manchester in 1978 to 1981. Mixed dept of Engineers , some graduates and some ex service technicians. Navy too.

    Competition for the sweariest sentence was won my a Navy guy.

    ‘The xxxxing xxxxers xxxxing xxxxed!’
  16. Darth Vader

    Darth Vader From the Dark Side

  17. martin clark

    martin clark pinko bodger

    At which point the outrage is lost, because in fact all it communicates a high level of inarticulacy/inadequacy of expression/concision - 50% or more redundant syllables; the 'zip archive' potential compression ratio for that sentence (or the kinds of things I hear on building sites) is remarkably high without losing any meaning. A sort of achievement I suppose :)

    Save such salting for when it'll actually startle...
  18. suzywong

    suzywong Shifting 0s & 1s since 1968

    West Gorton?
  19. suzywong

    suzywong Shifting 0s & 1s since 1968

    Anyway back on topic, I’m currently playing Assassin’s Creed; Odessey. There is a very liberal use of the f*** word in the various character dialogues.

    I had always thought that it’s derivation was Anglo-Saxon, only to discover that it appears to be Ancient Greek :eek:

    Well, I’ll be fecked :D:D:D:D
  20. JensenHealey

    JensenHealey pfm Member

    Indeed it was

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