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In my mother language, when someone is going to curse or damn someone who's been the origin of a bad social disaster or someone who has caused a big catastrophe in a family and does not know who was the guilty person, says:

  • God damn the cause.

Where "cause" is the guilty person who's been in charge. This is a direct translation from my language.

My questions:

  1. Is there such a comment in English at all in such a scenario?

  2. If there is, then does my sentence work? If not, please let me know, how should I indicate such a concept?

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    Instead of cause you could say the guilty party. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 26 '16 at 14:31
  • Good job; thank you very much @TRomano. Please make your comment an answer. Thanks again. – A-friend Nov 26 '16 at 16:37
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    There is no real equivalent in English. While 'the guilty party' technically fits, "God damn the guilty party!" doesn't sound natural; something along the lines of "I don't know who did this, but God damn them anyway!" though a bit long-winded, sounds to me more like something someone might actually say. (I'm a native Br-Eng speaker) – peterG Nov 26 '16 at 17:04
  • @TRomano do you as an AmE native speaker confirm what PeterG mentioned in your language too? – A-friend Nov 26 '16 at 17:15
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    Well, the "cause" is a legalism of sorts, and so "the guilty party", which is idiomatic, seemed to fit well. "whoever did this" is also idiomatic, as is Whoever did this, may they rot in hell. It depends on how much emotion you want. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Nov 26 '16 at 21:18
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Your exclamation

God damn the cause!

is understandable, however one would usually say

Damn whoever caused this!
Damn whatever caused this!

or

Curse whoever did this!
Curse whatever did this!

One needs to be careful when invoking God, since some people may find "God damn" as offensive as whatever happened.

  • Goddamn in particular is somewhat strong profanity in many if not all places in the U.S. You could say "May God damn X" to prevent it from sounding like a curse word but it could make you sound like an angry preacher. – LawrenceC Nov 27 '16 at 18:32

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