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What are rural American versions of "what the heck" that aren't mild oaths or expetives?

 
 
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2020 10:40 pm
@cherrie,
It's a euphemism for the f-word. I usually say "friggin' ".
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2020 10:41 pm
@chai2,
Why does that bother people? It bothers me if I can't correct an error before time runs out.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2020 10:42 pm
@cherrie,
If I may ask are you an American? I want Izzy to respond.
JGoldman10
 
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Reply Sun 12 Jul, 2020 10:44 pm
Getting back on topic, I was told by someone I know on the Dictionary.com Forum that "what in the world" is an idiom used by, but not limited to, rural American speakers.
Olivier5
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 01:23 am
@JGoldman10,
I like "What the ****?"
ekename
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:06 am
@JGoldman10,
Quote:
Does "bloody" in British English mean "effing"? An American friend told me this years ago. I know it's used as an intensifier like "very".


Bloody means effing when it precedes a noun describing you by someone whose enjoyment of your participation is tempered by polite demeanour.

Will there be animals in this cartoon?



JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:11 am
@Olivier5,
I'm writing for children, or general audiences. I'm doing kid-friendly/family-friendly/all-age stuff. I can't use cuss words.

I'm a Christian. I'm not going to use profanity anyway.
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:14 am
@ekename,
Do you mean "normal" animals and/or any kind of anthropomorphic ones?

Why is it revelant if any kind of anthropomorphic characters are going to be in this cartoon and/or comic or not?
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 03:06 am
@JGoldman10,
No it doesn’t. It goes back a long way, to when we were all Catholics. It’s a reference to the Virgin Mary, a contraction of By the lady.

Why do you want to know this?

I thought you were trying to avoid mild oaths.

This sounds like you taking delight in them.

It’s another example of prurience.
izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 03:07 am
@JGoldman10,
JGoldman10 wrote:

It's a euphemism for the f-word. I usually say "friggin' ".

Frigging is female masturbation.
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hightor
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 07:15 am
@JGoldman10,
Sometimes you'll hear somebody say, "Well I'll be [....]", filling it in with "a mud-covered magpie", or "a tongue-tied, seed-spittin' polecat".
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izzythepush
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 07:25 am
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lmur
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 07:36 am
@cherrie,
Jumping Harry Crispy cherrie, what are you saying?
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JGoldman10
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:01 pm
@izzythepush,
I'm interested in the etymology of words, phrases and idioms.
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Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:14 pm
I know "dang" is used alot - at least of family of mine that I would call "rural".

Sorry farmerman.

Us, suburbanites and urbanites tend not to use dang.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:15 pm
@JGoldman10,
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..not limited to rural American speakers.

It's next to impossible for something to be that limited.
Television, radio, music, internet have brought patterns of speech and words to describe things, closer and closer together.
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Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:18 pm
@Linkat,
I say dang and danged on a regular basis.
Dang it if it isn't danged frustrating to some folk.
Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:22 pm
Even better "dagnabbit" so rural not even my rural family members say this
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Linkat
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:23 pm
@Sturgis,
Sturgis wrote:

I say dang and danged on a regular basis.
Dang it if it isn't danged frustrating to some folk.


maybe way underneath it all you are rural.
Sturgis
 
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Reply Mon 13 Jul, 2020 02:30 pm
@Linkat,
Well gosh golly, ma'am, that'd sure 'nuff explain my love of bluegrass music.


...and possibly pecan pie too.
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