Date: Sun, 23 Apr 1995 11:40:00 EDT
From: "Dennis.Preston" 22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Anodyne Expletives
Euphemistic mutilation seems almost universal. It is especially effective, I
believe, when the lsitener is held in suspense (will the taboo pop out or
When we were the happy wags we were in secondary school around Louisville KY
we used to mock-stutter fu- fu- fu- fu- fu and then say Forget it (which
should also tell you something about our vowel in Forget, by the way).
But my all-time favorite the the Polish Kurrrrrrrrr (in which a trilled /r/ is
indefinitely held, only to be ended with -cza (i.e., kurcza, or chicken)). The
listener, of course, has been waiting for Kurwa (whore) - which is used
exclamatorily in Polish as it is with (or without) accompanying Shit in some
Romance languages (e.g., Port. Puta merda).
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