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 not?). 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). di[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nIs 22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]