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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000505.txt from 2001/05

From: Gavin Rebetzke <GRebetzke@-----.au>
Subj: RE: [kl] French Idioms
Date: Sun, 20 May 2001 23:07:00 -0400

Bill,
I'm not a UK member, but I'm interested in why you have asked this question.
Do you not use "bloody" at all in the US? It is a very mild utterance here
in Australia, so much so that I'd question the description "obscenity".
It's not really offensive at all. My little Collins Dictionary suggests it
is a common intensifier especially associated with Australian slang. For
example, "Bloody oath, you're right", or "bloody hell, that horn is a bit of
a devil to play".---GAVIN

-----Original Message-----
From: Bilwright@-----.net]
Subject: Re: [kl] French Idioms

<><> Neil Leupold wrote:

In which case somebody might have had to stage a "coop" de etat to get
you out!

<GROAN> <barrage of peanuts>

Since we're talking about idioms, and since I'll be visiting parts of
the U.K. this summer, may I ask a serious question of Klarinet's U.K.
members:

Is "bloody" an obscenity in the U.K.? (my apologies for posting the
word if it is --- but Flanders & Swann used it on their CD, so I'm
hoping that it's not too bad) Is the word any more or less offensive
in Ireland or Scotland as compared to England?

Thank you,
Bill

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