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By: ilikejam

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 19:08:20 +0000

You should hear the language in conversational use in most of Scotland. The use of 'f-ck' is widely accepted, even in the workplace. 'It's broken' == 'It's f-cked' "Very good" == "F-ckin' brilliant" "Oh my!" == "F---ck me!" "He's left" == "He's f-cked off" It's so ingrained that no-one notices. It's even used in place of the classic 'errr' or 'uhhh' when pausing to find the right word/phrase to use next. There's a joke/observation about a Scottish guy at a football match, when the referee makes a dubious decision - the guy jumps out of his seat and shouts: "F-ckin'..... Booo!".

By: language hat

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 18:15:32 +0000

I don't think that's true, at least in the usage of a lot of English speakers.

By: Martyn Cornell

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 17:35:23 +0000

Joe - because fucking is transgressional sex - you fuck whores, you make love with your wife.

By: Joe

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 07:36:05 +0000

I saw someone else make the point online that if we can't use the f-word because it's inherently sexual, why can they talk about sex with non-taboo vocabulary?

By: kellen

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 06:26:08 +0000

which in turn is a shortened form of qu ta ma de bi, 去他妈的屄 incidently i just wrote about bi (vulgar form of vagina) and diao (vulgar form of penis) used in chinese to express positive feelings about things not three days ago. my name links to it here.

By: A-gu

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 05:38:24 +0000

Ta-ma-de -- also (Ta)ma-de -- is actually already a sort of polite shortened form. The full phrase is Ta ma de bi.

By: John Cowan

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 05:35:50 +0000

In Spider Robinson's novel Night of Power the expletive Fucking A gets progressively more worn-out as the night goes on, and has to be replaced by Fucking B and eventually Fucking C as ever-increasing wows hit the characters -- and the reader.

By: Mark P

Thu, 06 Nov 2008 04:47:48 +0000

I always associated the term "fucking a" as a strong positive expression, or at least as indicating strong agreement. Apparently I was either mistaken or the usage has come to include strong negative sentiments. If that term were included, it seems intuitively that it would be like "damn".