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Amorous Badger says: "I once humorously suggested that someone had been internet-stalking a Big Brother contestant. They concluded that I was threatening them. What's the oddest misunderstanding you've been involved in?"

(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 13:48)
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I have a theory that the word 'cunt' is far more acceptable in the UK than in Australia. It's pretty much the zenith of offensive expletives, oft used by bogans, mouth breathers and similarly ill-educated folk. Anything other expletives are daylight second.

Don't know why, perhaps us Australians are fundamentally misogynistic as well as racist?

I mention this, because at the moment my work is employing quite a few UK folk, and they regularly are hauled up before HR to explain their offensive banter.

They usually claim it's simply a cultural misunderstanding, after receiving a stern rebuke, a first and final letter of warning and the threat of cancelling their sponsorship.

Tell you what though, it's jolly good fun putting the fear of God into the gullible cunts.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:22, 19 replies)

Ya dag.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:26, closed)
True Fact
A dag is the scabby shitty fly-blown infected wool surrounding a sheep's ring piece.

Strange that it should become a uniquely Australian jibe.

Childhood joke:
"Did you go to the party in the sheep's bum?"
"Um, no, missed that one, sorry"
"Then ya musta been one of the dags hangin' around outside! Ha ha ha ha, fuck I'm a funny cunt"
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:36, closed)
The English word is 'tag'.
It's amazing how short and slow the Australian tongue has evolved in such a few inbreeding generations.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:42, closed)

Get back to your yoggitt and milky weak tea.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:57, closed)
According to Forbes, oz is the fastest growing yogurt consumer in the world and will soon overtake Europe.
I suppose it helps relieve the itching from fucking sheep while drunk on pissweak lager.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 17:03, closed)

At least we pronounce it correctly.
(, Sat 14 Dec 2013, 4:49, closed)
'it' is probably the only word you pronounce even approximately
so fuck alone knows what your stunted simian jaws would make out of the word 'yogurt'.
(, Sat 14 Dec 2013, 19:04, closed)
I had assumed it was totally inoffensive, it sounds worse than cunt now I know what it actually means....
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:42, closed)
It was borderline acceptable even in Shakespeare's day if edged around...
112 Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
113 No, my lord.
114 I mean, my head upon your lap?
115 Ay, my lord.
116 Do you think I meant country matters?
117 I think nothing, my lord.
118 That's a fair thought to lie between
119 maids' legs.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:42, closed)

120 the hedgerow is damp, m'lord, with crimson slough, otherwise t'would be up for country playtime.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:52, closed)
In North America
a cunt is presumed to be a vagina and pudenda of a low order. It is only used as an insult by incoherent rummies.
There are plenty of alternate anatomical insults of course.
The use of fuck as an all purpose modifier in Canada is traced to contact with Australian soldiers during WW1. Australians evidently got it from the Irish.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 14:53, closed)

I thought Fuck came from German?

By happy coincidence, only this morning, a workmate opined that Fuck was clearly one of my favourite words, as I pronounce it on a regular basis.
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 15:01, closed)

I think what he means by "all purpose modifier" is the uses of 'fuck' like "that fucking botty-biscuit" where the person isn't actually fucking anything, it's just adding emotional force to the utterance. Words like this are sometimes called 'intensifiers'.

There's some linguistic literature on this type of thing, and also some interesting stuff to do with FCC guidelines in America.

I thought that 'fucking' as an intensifier was a lot older, but it does look like it's pretty recent- I'd like to know more.. In fact, searching for those kinds of uses from the 1800s mostly turns up horrible OCR errors on google: link
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 15:31, closed)
Did you plaigiarise the last sentence
from some kind of Papal autobiography?
(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 15:33, closed)
in Glasgow it's almost a term of endearment

(, Thu 12 Dec 2013, 19:18, closed)
Seemed to be in fairly common usage in my lab in Sadelaide.
However, it was only said in a mock-Bogan accent ("Ya caaaaaaaahnt").
(, Fri 13 Dec 2013, 0:12, closed)
I think it's because
We've turned into a massive nanny state. Everyone uses the term, but HR people frown upon it, because they worry that it will upset someone and then they'll go to HR and threaten to sue them for all manner of shite. From our ambulance chasing lawyers, and people suing for ridiculous stuff, to the magistrates that award a payout, they're all cunts. They just make life difficult for everyone.
(, Sun 15 Dec 2013, 10:59, closed)

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