Is there a consensus in terms of the ranking of offensiveness given by the word "damn" and its derivatives?
- Ding (as in ding-busted)
I assume that the less a word sounds like the original swear word, the more polite it is considered. I was wondering, depending on the audience, as long as it's not "damn" does it matter what substitute word is used? For example could it be considered offensive to say "darn" instead of "dang"?