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I know what 'I'll be darned' means. What does 'be darned' mean in the following sentences?

Love Be Darned.

Usefulness Be Darned!

Cancer Be Darned.

Weather be darned, road tests ahead.

Statistics Be Darned. Redefining Valentine's Day For Single Women Over 30.

Facts be darned.

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The word "darn", as a verb, usually means "to mend a hole in your garment by sewing" or, as a noun, means "a hole in your garment that one has mended by sewing"; however, in this instance, "darned" is a euphemism for saying "damned". A euphemism is a polite way of saying something. For instance, I might say to someone,

"That shirt doesn't look great on you"

when I really mean,

"That shirt is damn ugly! Get it off and burn it!"

An antonym of "euphemism" is "dysphemism".

If you want to know what the "be" is in each statement above, it's the present subjunctive conjugation of "to be". The speaker, when he says,

"Love be darned"

is basically saying,

"I want love to be damned to hell"

or, if I can swear on this forum,

"Fuck love!"

Every single one of those statements is damning its subject or telling it to "get lost", so to say.

I hope that might have helped you out. Take care and good luck.

  • Thank you. The f-word makes it easier to understand. I hope you don't get into trouble for using it here. – whitecap Oct 22 '17 at 3:12
  • Occasional swearing on ELL is acceptable, so long as it's for the benefit of the learner and not gratuitous. – J.R. Oct 22 '17 at 3:16
  • You're welcome. Glad I could help. – Nick Oct 22 '17 at 3:45

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