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I have never heard of "German Measles" being offensive. That was the common term used during my childhood, circa 1950s, to distinguish it from measles. (Those were called the "big red measles".) I recall that about 1969, when the vaccine against it became available, I started hearing the term "rubella" instead. "Rubella" became an even more common usage ...


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I'm going to ask this question on StackExchange, moderators be damned! For a non-overtly profane rephrasing you could have: Stuff the moderators! I'm going to ask this question on StackExchange.


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The sentence itself merely reports the situation, so it's a case of a use–mention distinction. You are mentioning an expression (or metaphor) someone else used. It would be normal to make the distinction clear by either using quotes or italics: He just gave me the biggest "fuck you" of my career. He just gave me the biggest fuck you of my career. ...


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If you said the sentence to someone concerning third party's action, you would not necessarily be making a derogatory comment about either the listener or the third party. It would indicate that you are not entirely pleased with the third party's actions.


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As many people recognize this from the Bible, I wouldn't sanitize it unless it's being used in elementary school materials. It meant someone condemned (by God) and sent to Hell, Hades or eternal destruction and was meant to startle. I'm going to ask this question on StackExchange, moderators go to Hades. or I'm going to ask this question on StackExchange, ...


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"I'm going to ask this question on StackExchange, {moderators or {no moderators / not}} / {whether the moderators like it or not}!"


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"Be damned" here indicates strong unconcern about the thing being (possibly) damned. "Let them be damned, I'm doing it anyway", etc. Regardless of the fate of X, even if X should be subjected to the worst possible fate, you will continue with your course of action. Thus, there are various ways to restate the entire phrase: I'm going to ask this question ...


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The difficulty of the question lies in your definition: ... a word or phrase that is obscene, abusive, and socially offensive. Obscenity is a highly subjective standard. To approach a universal standard would probably require someone to go into issues that people usually keep private (bathroom time, bedroom time, worship time). Here's a phrase that ...


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The first that came to my mind relate to disability: "Retard" denotes a person with intellectual disability, but it has since joined "idiot" (severe ID), "imbecile" (moderate ID), and "moron" (mild ID) as general terms of abuse. This has inspired pledges not to use it; see R-Word: Spread the Word to End the Word. "Spastic", denoting a person with cerebral ...


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Fore diseased & unclean: "pox-ridden" "syphilitic" You could argue that these are venereal diseases, and so are linked back to sex. There are also sport-related swear words, but the line between swear and insult may be a tad blurry for: "umpire" or "Chelsea supporter" [to quote an episode of The Goodies]


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'Blast!' is one, although it's British. I've been using this word since teenage days, although I don't know how I picked it up. My guess is, growing up in New York City in the '50s there were a lot of British movies around to fill the vacuum left by HUAC's blacklisting of screenwriters. You can hear James Mason shout 'Blast!' in 'Age of Consent'.


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Bloody - It's often used with 'hell' making it religious. ('Bloody hell! What's she gone and done now?'). But can be used on its own. 'Shut the bloody dog up!'.


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Your definition of swearword is an example of how language changes over time. Swearing was once synonymous with blaspheming and profaning, meaning some taboo use of the name of God. Current use blurs the distinction between obscenity or foul language and profanity or swearing.


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knucklehead jarhead (spelling?) - term for a U.S. Marine but also used to imply that someone is not too bright. dumb bunny Admittedly, these aren't as harsh as "asshole", "dickhead", or my personal favorite, "you wiper of other people's bottoms"* You didn't mention that politics is out of bounds so you could also use, "Commie Pinko Liberal" "Nazi" ...


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"Asshole" works, considering that the entity that it describes is neither a genital, nor excrement itself. Granted, this is playing with a technicality in your question, but it's certainly less likely to get you knocked square on your ass than some of the other suggestions.


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If you're looking for something shocking, the word nigger is shocking in and of itself and if you actually use it as an insult (as some do) it is about as shocking as it gets. Its etymology according to the online etymological dictionary is: 1786, earlier neger (1568, Scottish and northern England dialect), from French nègre, from Spanish negro (see ...


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bitch (a female dog) bastard (a person born out of wedlock) honk(e)y (a white person) kike (a Jew) EDIT The etymology of bitch, bastard and honky/honkey as provided by the Online Etymology Dictionary bitch (n.) Old English bicce "female dog," probably from Old Norse bikkjuna "female of the dog" (also fox, wolf, and occasionally other ...


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Balderdash! According to Google: "late 16th century (denoting a frothy liquid; later, an unappetizing mixture of drinks): of unknown origin."


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Rare on the ground, but: eggsucker, kitten killer (and its like).



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