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Middle Ages [it's all mine now?]

I was bought up in a small township in Eltham (Leslie Townsend Hope's also) in South London, now live in The-Garden-of-Kent aerial during the fifties Elvis was beginning to make a noise and ....in contempt of court

Sunday, January 18, 2004

Swearing : So I thought I'd kill two birds with one stone here, Jeneane. Probably the first words one learns in any foreign language are some swear words. So I'll teach you a few and so some foreign language at the same time :-)

Some cultures don't swear at all. Malay, Japanese, most American Indians and Polynesians have no native swear words AFAIK. Highly taboo words in other languages are :-

turtle - highly taboo to the Chinese,
devil - Norwegian,
oozlie loorach (literally 'slovenly trollop') - Scots,
hlebeshako (literally 'your mother's ears') - Xoxa (in South Africa),
tu madre - Spanish = 'your momma' (i.e. incest implied),
Himmelherrgottdonnerwetternochmal German heavenlordgodthunderweatheronceagain,
ravintolassa - Finnish (literally 'in the restaurant').

from Stu a true europhilesspian


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