It may be foolish, but after coming in as my most popular post for the fourth consecutive year, I’ve seriously been considering retiring (deleting) “Is ‘bloody’ really a swear word?” from my blog. It’s been a good little earner as far as viewing stats go, but I think I want to move on to other profanities and more creative ways of using the medium. It is 2014 after all and I do reside in the sweariest state in the US . (I still think that report is total bollocks! We Midwestern residents are known for our friendliness and even tempers.)
But I digress. I just feel lazy relying on that old “bloody” chestnut” when swearing, especially in the UK, is apparently state of the art and, according to the Daily Mash, “still the best in the world.”
I mean how bad a cuss word can “bloody” be if this kid says it constantly?
On the other hand, this gentleman is an artist. He likes to string his rude words together like the lyrics of a song…
And lest you think men are the only true expletive experts, Nan is not only quick with an obscene word but generally crass as well:
Stephen Fry, a confessed linguaphile, has spoken at length about his opinions on swearing.
I have to admit I was once one of those people Fry describes as “mad, silly, prissy people” who thought people who swore a lot didn’t know any better words to use. To be fair, the people I was familiar with tended to choose one particular naughty word and would proceed to repeat it ad nauseam.
Back then I would have never been able to appreciate a verbal abuse virtuoso like Malcolm Tucker…
But now that I have become either enamored of or anesthetized to profanity, I am moving up to bigger and badder things…I think. I have my reputation as an Ohioan to think about as well. Therefore, if I have to swear, no fecking wanker is going to tell me which words I have to use. You’re going to tell me instead.
From the list below, please vote for which is your favorite British swear word. My choices may seem a bit tame, but they’re words we don’t use in the States and so have an exotic quality I enjoy. It’s almost like not swearing actually. If you feel strongly about another, please choose the “other” category and share your word. I will report my findings in a future post and perhaps your input will help me decide the fate of bloody as a swear word.