Saturday, March 30, 2013

The lost art of swearing...................

From Arika Okrent at The Week comes this update on our language.  Follow the link for background information and correct usage of these ten little-used and less-understood cusses.
"As long ago as 1944, H.L. Mencken, the great observer of American language, sadly noted that cursing had been on the decline since the Civil War, and that while there was still obscenity, 'it is all based upon one or two four-letter words and their derivatives, and there is little true profanity in it.' "
1. Bejabbers!
2. Consarn!
3. Dad-sizzle!
4. Thunderation!
5. Great horn spoon!
6. 'Snails!
7. Gosh-all-Potomac!
8. G. Rover Cripes!
9. By St. Boogar and all the saints at the backside door of Purgatory!
10. By the double-barrelled jumping jiminetty!

thanks gerard

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