English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

Well I use a lot of.. I'm vulgar.. very very perverse (just the language!) at that.. But I value the feelings inclusive of that I honour my enemies (I don't suck up but I value them) whose feelings I value, under their uncouth exteriors - in short, I respect, value and am very sensitive about how others/anyone feels.

I'm not genteel for sure. The freedictionary.com specifies that:

      genteel: 2. Free from vulgarity or rudeness.

Now I'm not in the former (I'm far from "free from vulgarity") but I detest rudeness. So how would you describe me? What is the exact word/words? Has my condition ever been addressed in the English vocabulary? (It could be crack or nut but I can't be sure. There should be a more colloquial term shouldn't there? Thank you immensely!

share|improve this question
Sensitive yet uncouth? A rough diamond? Salt of the earth? – user867 Aug 16 '13 at 7:35
It sounds like your manners are polite, but your language is not. I'm not sure there's a word for that. – J.R. Aug 16 '13 at 8:13
Perhaps you're coarse. – Autoresponder Aug 16 '13 at 13:30
you are just ill-mannered – rps Aug 16 '13 at 15:29
You say you are "very sensitive about how others/anyone feels." Yet vulgar language is liable to upset people's feelings. Are you perhaps - confused or conflicted? – Avrohom Yitzchok Aug 19 '13 at 20:52

Foul-mouthed appears to fit the bill quite nicely - it has obvious negative connotations but is not necessarily a disparaging label

share|improve this answer
perfect! thanks immensely – Effector Dhanushanth Aug 20 '13 at 9:28

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.