Swearing in a British accent
Some American friends I have actually ASK me to swear because they like the sound of it in my British accent. One even said to me that they think it’s funny how everything sounds more pleasant in a British accent. To them, even the swear words don’t sound offensive 🙂 .
One of my fave sites is the Effing Pot – all about British slang and swearing.
Bloody – One of the most useful swear words in English. Mostly used as an exclamation of surprise i.e. “bloody hell” or “bloody nora”. Something may be “bloody marvellous” or “bloody awful”. It is also used to emphasise almost anything, “you’re bloody mad”, “not bloody likely” and can also be used in the middle of other words to emphasise them. E.g. “Abso-bloody-lutely”! Americans should avoid saying “bloody” as they sound silly.
Bugger – This is a fairly unique British word with no real American equivalent. Like bloody it has many uses apart from the obvious dictionary one pertaining to rather unusual sexual habits. My father was always shouting “bugger” when he was working in the garage or garden. Usually when he hit his thumb or dropped a nail or lost something. Today we might use the sh** or the f*** words but bugger is still as common. The fuller version of this would be “bugger it”. It can also be used to tell someone to get lost (bugger off), or to admit defeat (we’re buggered) or if you were tired or exhausted you would be buggered. You can also call someone a bugger. When I won £10 on the lottery my mate called me a “lucky bugger”.
But, let it be known that Americans DO NOT like the word ‘hell’. No, no, no. Don’t say ‘hell’ ever as this is deemed to be very offensive, even in a British accent. What the hell?! 😉
Another REAL Desperate Housewives of Howard County issue
You’re going to love this one! It’s like something from the actual Desperate Housewives TV show. And it rather tickled me!
‘To whomever parks regularly at night behind my house: I appreciate that you are practicing safe sex, but could you please take your used condoms with you rather than tossing them in my yard? I don’t particularly mind that they are taking advantage of a rather secluded spot. It just pisses me off that they are so thoughtless that they think it’s not a problem to leave trash and more on someone’s well manicured lawn.…and it has been going on for months.’
I’ll update on any activity for sure!