Date: Fri, 28 Oct 1994 18:09:16 -0700

From: Birrell Walsh birrell[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]WELL.SF.CA.US

Subject: Re: The word 'damn'

On Fri, 28 Oct 1994, Alberto RIO wrote:

Could you tell me whether 'damn' ('dammned', I

guess) is a taboo word and in what degree? In our dictionaries, encyclopaedias,

etc., it doesn't appears as such. Perhaps in Mr. Clinton native Arkansas ...

I am just now fifty, raised in Southern California, New Mexico and Central

Coast California, with excursions for five years to Massachustetts.

In my childhood, "damn" and "damned" were risque, but many adults said

them. Now I believe they have lost all flavor and significance.

I do believe they have always been less significant in the south of the

US, but I could not prove it. Just an impression.

Now, you have to tell us, WHAT Spanish word was used in translation, and

what freight does it carry in Spain? Most of the Spanish we hear here is

New World...


Birrell Walsh