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I found the term "grawlixes" here: The Lexicon of Comicana. Grawlixes Typographical symbols standing for profanities, appearing in dialogue balloons in place of actual dialogue. I also came across the terms "profanitype" and "symbol swearing." I think I like "grawlixes" best.


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Nails ‘Nailing’ something is basically the equivalent of hitting the nail on the head. Hitting the nail on the head is, as anyone who’s ever tried hanging a picture on a wall knows, something that requires great precision and the proper application of force (and in my own case, often also the proper application of a few Band-Aids or similar). As such, it ...


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I think the obvious answer (the one you already know!) is the best: You can refer to a female dog as a female dog. You can refer to a male dog as a male dog. Of course, if you really need to specify that they're adults, you could do that: An adult male dog could be referred to as an adult male. An adult female dog could be referred to as an adult ...


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This is a difficult question, because English is in the middle of a shift of social mores with regards to obscenities and vulgarities. The "traditional" swear words (fuck, shit, ass, damn, etc.) have had their offensiveness gradually worn down over the past century, to the point where in many communities they're generic modifiers. Large parts of the ...


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http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=boob Noun S: (n) dumbbell, dummy, dope, boob, booby, pinhead (an ignorant or foolish person) S: (n) breast, bosom, knocker, boob, tit, titty (either of two soft fleshy milk-secreting glandular organs on the chest of a woman) Verb S: (v) drop the ball, sin, blunder, boob, goof (commit a faux ...


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Using Jew instead of Jewish as an adjective is usually done by people more interested in classifying than describing, which is why it is particularly pejorative. The use of a noun to identify someone is often seen as pejorative anyway, because it doesn't capture the full complexity of a human being's behavior and traits. For instance: He's a cocaine ...


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As others have said, both refer to a woman's breasts, but the main difference is actually in the connotation. While both are euphemisms, boobs is a slightly more socially acceptable term. Women, in my presence at least, use the term boobs; tits is more a term that men use and generally in a more lurid fashion.


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The primary theory appears to be that it derived from the "Greek monogram for Jesus, IHS or IHC" (World Wide Words) which is standard for the Greek name of IHCOYC (Christian Origins) which comes from ΙΗΣΟΥΣ (Persus Digital Library; see also the comments below). The origin stems from incorrectly assuming that IHC was an initialization of Jesus' name; the I ...


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If you are referring to a breeding pair and offspring, you can use dam and sire instead of bitch and dog. However, the best answer may be to use a different animal for your example. While many animal terms can be applied pejoratively to humans, few will provoke a visceral reaction like bitch can. Pigs and horses make good examples because they both have ...


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“Patting each other on the back” would fit the bill. For example: If you’re finished with this circle jerk, maybe we could move on to new business. Could be replaced with: If you’re finished patting each other on the back, maybe we could move on to new business.


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They all can mean women who sleep with men for money. Prostitute is the most technical term. Hooker seems most commonly used in the United States, while in Britain this term is reserved for a position in rugby. Whore sounds much more violent to me. If one were seeking a woman to pay to sleep with him, he probably wouldn't say "I'm looking for a whore ...


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These have also been called obscenicons. Several links on Language Log offer an in-depth look at their usage. More on the early days of obscenicons Obscenicons a century ago CALL ME... UNPRONOUNCEABLE The "word" represented by the symbols could be pronounced bleep: So people came up with a small set of conventional euphemistic readings for ...


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Consider extraneous, "Not belonging to, or dependent upon, a thing; without or beyond a thing; foreign", and synonyms like superfluous ("in excess of what is required or sufficient") or pleonastic ("Using an excessive number of words"). Other synonyms of superfluous include excessive, extra, supernumerary, surplus, unnecessary, extravagant, some of which ...


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Rather than getting confused, let me post an answer: In both British and American English, the word "ass" is used for "donkey". For "buttocks", British English uses "arse", while American English uses "ass". In British English, the two words are not interchangeable. "Arse" means only "buttocks", while "ass" means only "donkey". In American English, there ...


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I would say that the word gay means ‘homosexual’ only, with two caveats: A lot of people, especially young people, use gay as a generic adjective meaning ‘bad’ or ‘lame’. This is, of course, considered inappropriate and rude by polite society, but use of gay in this way is pervasive in situations where there are a lot of young people, such as video gaming ...


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They're both terms for female breasts. Women tend to refer to these as "boobs" and not "tits"; with men it can go either way, but a good part of the time they'll use "tits". Other (somewhat vulgar and borderline spring-break moronic) terms are knockers, twins, hooters, hoo-hahs, etc. Puritanical people sometimes call them bosoms, which is strange because ...


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The usage stats from the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) look as follows: BNC COCA TOTAL SPOKEN TOTAL SPOKEN what the hell 716 143 4668 408 what on earth 585 85 607 99 what the fuck 93 ...


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Claudiu pretty much covered it, but there's one thing more to discuss. "Whore" has an unsavory meaning, to be sure, but it's lately been used in a milder sense, to describe someone who will do just about anything to get something he or she wants. In this case it is coupled with another noun. Examples: attention whore: Someone who will do anything to get ...


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One synonym for "shit-eating" is smug: looking or feeling too pleased about something you have done or achieved So you can say that someone has a "smug grin" or a "smug look on their face". It still has the negative connotation of "shit-eating grin", but is suitable for polite company. A related idiom is that one can look like the cat that got the ...


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It is not at all impolite to refer to a female dog as a bitch if in fact you mean female dog. It will be clear that you don't mean bitch the pejorative through context. If you don't like using male dog and female dog, you could use stud for the male. You put a male out to stud when you breed it and that word is used for other male animals. But I believe ...


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"Prisencolinensinainciusol" is a song by the Italian singer/comedian Adriano Celentano with nonsense lyrics that are intended to sound like American-accented English. As it happens, I played it for my wife two nights ago and asked her to guess what language it was sung in; she eventually guessed English, though she couldn't understand the words. So if it's ...


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Anecdotally I can say that it's correct, since it's how my mother used to refer to mine when I was very small ;) I think in general it's used with small children because it's a "polite"/neutral word, and if the child uses it in company, or at school or whatever, they're not going to get into trouble because of it.


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The word Jew got that way in roughly the same way every other derogatory word got that way. Lots of people said really nasty things about the people the word describes for a long time, and eventually the bad things got associated with the word itself. There are those that think somehow derogatory (or "loaded") words themselves are the problem, and insist on ...


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The word rectum like the nearby anus, is somewhat more formal than the alternatives, which are pretty informal or vulgar. It is the concept itself, traveling through the alimentary canal and exiting from the waste area that probably invoked the reaction of your friend. The word itself, 'rectum' is fine (like 'penis', 'vagina', etc), it's the ...


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This is a touchy and complicated issue. There is no simple answer. I'm gay and I probably would be far more offended by the use of "retarded" than by the use of "gay" that you're describing. The problem is not if you are offending anyone but if you might offend someone, and where and when. I personally don't mind people using the word "gay" that way, in ...


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Aonanist. An onanist being a man who masturbates or practices coitus interruptus, an aonanist would be someone who doesn't (similar to social/asocial). I don't think onanophobe is right because that would indicate a fear of onanism while there are certainly other reasons for not practicing it.


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"Canuck" is a slang word for someone from Canada. It's not usually considered offensive — sometimes it's even affectionate (and Canadians use it themselves in quite a few contexts). It's a regional nickname, like "Yankee" and other terms. It is likely that "The Rock" simply took the (offensive) word "motherfuckers", and replaced "fuck" with the rhyming ...


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Am I right in saying that in the US the primary usage of the word is for a man to call a woman a cunt as an accusation of reprehensible moral standards, as well as it being laced with undertones of misogyny and sexism? In this context, extreme offensiveness is very much the intent. In the UK it’s not really used that way; rather it’s just another generic ...


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It's probably worth prefixing all this with the caveat that, as discovered from the discussion on your previous question, this does vary quite a bit between from place to place (and possibly between classes, professions, sexes etc...), so do beware that what answers you get may well not apply to the whole of the UK :) I'm not sure which films you've been ...



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