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I once worked with a white Russian who told us how he got into trouble when attempting to iron his trousers.  Being new to Australia, he had very much broken English and used to insert Russian words occasionally.
Upon asking for an iron, his land lady asked hip what for.  He replied that he wanted to put some  c***s in his trousers.  She politely explained that in Australia, this was a frowned upon term for female anatomy.  To him, it simply meant crease.  So he wanted to put creases in his trousers.  In America a fanny is a backside or what one sits on such as put your fanny on that chair or as is fanny bag - a small carry all on a waste belt.  In Australia, the fanny is the same female anatomical part.  What is offensive to one may not be offensive to another or be used in a completely different context.
 
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paul wheaton wrote:

Paul, that's pretty lame. You actually think you (and the others approving of this) have power over people because you cuss and people don't like it? There is no fear involved, just your childish ego.



First, I would not be surprised if someone on the staff deletes your post.  Rather than discussing the issue, you choose to attack a person.  I am choosing to leave it for now.  In fact, I am going to leave it so that it gives me license to respond in kind.  But I will limit my response-in-kind to the exact language you used.

If I wander around and say "fuck" then everybody that chooses to fear that word cringes.   Maybe even cries out!  I, therefore, have power over them.  Cause and effect.  

There is no fear involved, just your childish ego.



Thank you.  Please don't tell these people about permies.   Because permies is not for people that choose to be offended by "fuck" let alone people that are into shaming others into compliance with such a small, pathetic life.



I am a swearer and have been for a while but it is because I am highly intelligent, have a big ego and zero tolerance of wits of the foxtrot order (Fuckwits) who think that they have a moral imperative to make me me conform to their moral code.  I have no right to make them change and likewise, they have no right to insist that I change.  I must, on the other hand, respect that each person has right to their opinion and as such, if their opinion is different to mine so be it - but respect the fact in return that I may well say well fuck that!!    There is some great research out there on swearing and contrary to popular belief, swearing is actually a sign of intelligence:  https://www.sciencealert.com/swearing-is-a-sign-of-more-intelligence-not-less-say-scientists  "The use of obscene or taboo language - or swearing, as it’s more commonly known - is often seen as a sign that the speaker lacks vocabulary, cannot express themselves in a less offensive way, or even lacks intelligence. Studies have shown, however, that swearing may in fact display a more, rather than less, intelligent use of language."  Mostly it is because we are busy people and want to get the point across without a protracted diatribe in deference to your extreme sensibility.  From my experience in the health arena, people who are less able to tolerate swearing or actually issue profanities are likely to suffer more health issues but that is for another story and time - just saying ....................
 
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I swear, I'm a sailor. Ain't there a saying about that?
In official correspondence when I want to use the swear word I substitute my F bomb with 'bloody'. It kinda goes over most peoples head, but they look at it twice which is the intended purpose of both words.
"Bloody" is considered vulgar in Britain, but most people I deal with don't realize that. I get my point across but don't offend anyone. That's a win win.
In person,  you're  gonna hear the f bomb occasionally.
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