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Old 10-08-2013, 08:44 PM   #71
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Thanks for the laugh, Andy.
That certainly would not have the same effect
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:56 PM   #73
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Learned all my best cussing from my Mom...Dad doesn't cuss...ever. Talk about mixed messages.
I once read that the reason most folks curse is because they have a limited vocabulary. Today, I would argue with that statement. I know some very well educated people that can make a seasoned sailor blush to the deepest red.
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Old 10-08-2013, 08:59 PM   #74
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I learned my cussing the traditional way, on the mean streets. Mom and dad were no help. They cursed in Armenian. It doesn't have the same effect if the cursee doesn't know what you are saying to them.
I had a few choice Italian words that I used on Poo. My in-laws thought it was nice that I was teaching him a foreign language. They were from the hills of W. Virginia.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:09 PM   #75
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I learned my cussing the traditional way, on the mean streets. Mom and dad were no help. They cursed in Armenian. It doesn't have the same effect if the cursee doesn't know what you are saying to them.


My parents never cussed in front of us either. We kids weren't even allowed to use the word "butt", Mom considered it very vulgar, it was "seat", or "derrierre". My Canadian mom almost had a heart attack whenever my super-religious great aunt on Dad's side would call someone "a little bugger".

In later life, Mom was known to let slide the occasional "oh sh*t".
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:19 PM   #76
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Oh my. I just found out the meaning of the word "Bugger." When my cousin passed away I said I was going to miss the old bugger, and his daughter started to cry.
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Old 10-08-2013, 09:40 PM   #77
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Oh my. I just found out the meaning of the word "Bugger." When my cousin passed away I said I was going to miss the old bugger, and his daughter started to cry.

The difference is that in the UK, bugger is a verb while here in the USA it's a noun.
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The difference is that in the UK, bugger is a verb while here in the USA it's a noun.
Perfect explanation!
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Old 10-09-2013, 02:33 AM   #79
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Learned all my best cussing from my Mom...Dad doesn't cuss...ever. Talk about mixed messages.
My Mom was the cusser too. Learned baseball and swearing at her side. Probably learned the swearing because of the baseball!

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I learned my cussing the traditional way, on the mean streets. Mom and dad were no help. They cursed in Armenian. It doesn't have the same effect if the cursee doesn't know what you are saying to them.
Ah, but you can curse at them and they don't know what you said! Like your folks, my Mom swore in her family's language which was Polish. Between her, my Italian uncle, a French teacher and an Irish boyfriend I am multilingual in a few choice words!
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Perfect explanation!
I think it is used as a noun as well as a verb in the UK too. I remember my Scottish exDH, his mum, and sister using it as a noun. E.g. "Little bugger took money out of my purse, again."
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