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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 15, 2014 - 5:59am

I was thinking and noticed 'damned' (both meanings) and 'hell' don't have words that properly take their places.  I know you could write 'doomed to hades' or whatever but that seems forced in a way 'had sex' or 'slept with' doesn't.  Are there any other curses/impolite words you can't really replace easily in English?

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal June 15, 2014 - 7:19am

I run into this a lot, but no examples come to mind right now.

I have noticed that in TV shows where "fuck" isn't allowed, it's almost exclusively replaced with "goddamn."  The Shield, I noticed, did this a LOT.  The more I heard it, and noticed it (oops, can't erase knowledge!), the sillier it sounded.

But then, I'd say pretty much all swear words don't really have good replacements if they're really called for.  I'm trying to avoid them in my current WIP and sometimes a "godammit!" or something just fits.  

I should have a page of non-swearing examples, but I never remember them after the fact...

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jyh from VA is reading whatever he feels like June 15, 2014 - 7:43am

Depends on the word.

"Consequences be damned." vs "These damned mosquitoes." vs "Sinners are damned."
Different uses and implications.

"Fuck the consequences." vs "These fucking mosquitoes." vs "Sinners are fucked."
More similar, unless the mosquitoes are actually having intercourse.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 16, 2014 - 10:09am

Interesting.  But I was thinking more words that have 'technical' meanings, and those can't be replaced.  Like 'damned', in the religious sense, can't really be replaced by 'shit'.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 17, 2014 - 10:57am

These godforsaken questions ...

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 17, 2014 - 11:43am

Yeah, I should stop it.  Not like we are on a writing site and I'm asking about words or anything... oh wait.

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 17, 2014 - 11:52am

... and then he saw what I did there. And it was good.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 17, 2014 - 12:00pm

Oh I got it before, but I was trying to skip the conversation about how good a fit it was.  How was the trivia thing?

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Gordon Highland from Kansas City is reading Secondhand Souls by Christopher Moore June 17, 2014 - 12:48pm

We were ruling the school for most of it, but fell behind in the end. Damned history questions… Fun, though, regardless. And they had vintage video games and very decent pizza.

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Jonathan Riley from Memphis, Tennessee is reading Flashover by Gordon Highland June 17, 2014 - 5:25pm

That godforsaken Guggenheim

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Thuggish from Vegas is reading Day of the Jackal June 17, 2014 - 8:58pm

Waiiiiit a second.

"Hell" and "damned" aren't actually curse words when used in the religious sense.  If you are damned, you're condemned to Hell, it's all very "technical" and accurate.

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated June 18, 2014 - 4:38am

It can be both.  "Damn you to Hell X!"

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin June 18, 2014 - 5:03am

Is that a kiss at the end?

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justwords from suburb of Birmingham, AL is reading The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson; A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby June 18, 2014 - 1:01pm

Maybe not in that context....

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voodoo_em from England is reading All the books by Ira Levin June 19, 2014 - 12:21am

Oh I don't know, give it that psychotic edge, don't you think :)

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justwords from suburb of Birmingham, AL is reading The Tomb, F. Paul Wilson; A Long Way Down, Nick Hornby June 19, 2014 - 6:34am

Hmmmmm. Methinks you have a point, voodoo_em!