Friday, February 19, 2010

quicko: the mechanics of swearing

So this too is not an entirely scientific study, but in my professional pedagogical opinion, Australians are more likely than Americans to use swear words as parts of speech other than interjections. Both nationalities use them as interjections, of course, but Australians are more likely to incorporate them into daily conversation or stories as nouns, adjectives, verbs and adverbs. Of course Americans can do this, too, but they seem an even more integral component of the Australian vocabulary than the American.

Incidentally, the category of Words One Does Not Use in a Church also has a significantly lower threshold in Australian than in America, d@$$!#!

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