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Is the idiom "the dog's bollocks" acceptable for printed media?

We are writing a book on idioms for university students who study linguistics. Can we use the idiom "the dog's bollocks (=ace, brill, etc.)" in it? I personally like this idiom and find it ...
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Does "BITEME" have any non-vulgar usage cases? (seen with other food-related words on printed wallpaper at a restaurant)

I need to explain the presence of "BITEME." mixed in with other short phases about food and the eating of it on printed wallpaper in a restaurant in a non-English speaking country. It looks ...
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"Roll your balls to" [closed]

Does anyone say like this in this understanding? From Urban Dictionary: Usually used as 'to roll one's balls to sb'; Usually used towards girls by dudes; Meaning to flirt with a girl so as to ...
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Is the term speech-impaired offensive?

I was just wondering if the term "speech-impaired" was offensive. I hear people say it a lot, but I am not sure if it is offensive to those who are mute.
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What did Musk mean by this Chinese comment?

In a comment to Hu Xijin's Tweet, Musk said that: 手整体插在口袋里的人过分自信 It seems like a saying translated from another language, but so far as I know not from Chinese (Confucius did not say that), then I ...
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Is the adjective 'cocky' a discrimination word?

When used as a noun, 'cocky' can mean 'a farmer whose farm is regarded as small or of little account'. Therefore, I suspect that the meaning of 'cocky' as an adjective stems from people's stereotype ...
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Are 'ass' and its derivations considered vulgar words?

I have seen in several movies that instead of "fuck" they use the words which are less vulgar, but I have repeatedly seen that they feel free to use "ass" or words like "...
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What does "do shit" mean?

I have just watched "The unforgivable" film 2011 played by Sandra Bullock. There is a scene in which a woman (Sandra Bullock) is working in a house and suddenly she hears some noise so she ...
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Is it irony? Can you read it as rudeness?

I'm not native English as you will notice ;) that's why my below question. The sentence which i received from native English person: "With regards to the xyz issues, I am asking what problem you ...
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How to understand "we take a bite out of one of those damn russians"?

I can't understand the sentence we take a bite out of one of those damn russians I think it means that the Japanese are ready to attack and drive out the Russians. Others believe that the Japanese ...
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What does "confused TF out of" mean?

What does "confused TF" mean? Here is the article named "Meghan Markle Apparently Confused TF Out of an Eavesdropper by Talking a Lot on Double Date in NYC". I have read through it,...
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Meaning of 'b*****k'

What is the original word of b*****k without asterisks? Context is "stark b*****k naked" Are there any English language dictionaries where curse words with asterisks are listed?
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Is "beyond your comprehension" an offensive phrase?

In the following sentence does "beyond your comprehension" have an offensive connotation? When a large population of tourists swarm the city during the tourism season, it's beyond your ...
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Dealing with unknown rude passenger

If in a train or bus some unknown elderly but rude passenger particularly a man, an old man, sitting on a seat which was already reserved by me, how to ask him to get up from there(the seat), Is "...
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The F-word: Is there a polite but equally emphatic and concise alternative to this specific meaning?

Is there a polite but equally emphatic and concise alternative to "Fuck 'em" or "Fuck it"? I am asking if there is an acceptable alternative to the F-word when it is used particularly to dismiss ...
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Does the phrase "no sh*t" imply the same meaning as "no kidding"? [closed]

Used sarcastically, does "No sh*t, Sherlock." imply the same meaning as "no kidding"?
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A sh*t that's not bowel movement

My gf sent me a message "My sister is showing me a sh*t." Is that a correct way to write a sentence that doesn't talk about fecal matter? It stood out as weird to me, but I don't know the official ...
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Does the question sound rude? how to ask in English?

How to form a question without sounding rude. If I see someone coughing, should I say: Is it rude to wear a mask? or Is it rude if I wear a mask? And is it rude in the American culture?
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Is it right to use the word Effing

Recently, a friend of mine was having a speech and he used the word effing. I did some research on it and then I realized it is vulgar. Is it okay for me to use it in an annoying sentence in public?
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Relative order of social acceptance of alternate forms of the 'N' word

The word 'nigga' has been around for sometime now in our daily lingo, and from what I understand, it's okay for people of the African American community to use it within, but it's extremely offensive ...
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P*ss one's pants (out of/from/with) fear / laughter

I wonder what preposition do you normally use after the informal idiom "piss one's pants" to join it with the words like "laughter" or "fear" etc.? Example 1: — He was really a chicken! I never ...
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Why do many native speakers say "It is not polite to say 'Thank you in advance'"?

Let say, in a letter, we want someone do something for us in the future. We know that now that action hasn't happened yet. At the end of the letter, we say "Thank you in advance!". Why do many ...
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Is the word "crud" considered a euphemism for sh*t?

Some people have been saying the word "crud" since it has a same meaning for shit or sometimes crap (depending on if it's a swear word or not). So, I'm wondering if the word "crud" is considered a ...
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Why is damn a swear word while dang and darn aren't?

I want to know that why is damn considered a swear word while dang and darn are never considered swear words.
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Meaning of term "sh*-spit"

In movie "Polar" one character uses an invective "shit-spit" for crime organization boss. What does "shit-spit" mean? Could you provide me some definition or alternative term? I found one definition ...
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How could I have the thought or say this vulgar synonym for "crap" in a more sophisticated or mature way? [closed]

I regularly have thoughts with the word "shit", examples he/she has shit character, not that shit or I'm sick of this shit, etc. How could I have the thought or say "shit" in a more sophisticated or ...
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What is the meaning of "Dirty Dick"?

In London, there is a pretty famous bar called "Dirty Dick". I imagined how I would translate it to my language, giggled, and started looking a resonable meaning of "Dirty Dick". Here is what I have ...
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SNL line about getting a donut

Ok. so English is my 2nd language... I watch this episode of SNL. And people are cracking up.. But I can't get my head around why "Can a bitch get a donut?” is funny and who is Keven Roberts (Googling ...
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Not common words [closed]

Is this a vulgar slang or something? When such a word can be used? You are a blight. Is there other words that convey the same clue? E.g. You are an adversity, an ordeal.
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What does "wtf" mean?

What is Abstraction in OOP? There is a video in the above address. Here it is on YouTube at :40. Some of the information that would be useful would be Full Name Address ... ...
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What is the meaning of expression "cherry bomb"? [closed]

I've heard this word in the song Black Hole from Rob Zombie. Is it something vulgar or just a regular expression?
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Are some offensive words always masculine?

I have an interesting question which has got me thinking lately. You see, there are some nouns that I have always seen be used as masculine such as the words "fucker" and "motherfucker" (which I am ...
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Can we use "that", "those", in a derogative way

Do you have examples of uses of "that" "those", etc... in a derogative way.
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What does it mean to say "f*** this n***a" here, and when to use it

I was reading some jokes on Facebook ​when I saw this. What does it mean and when will you use it?
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"[Bleep] talking" What's the offensive word that was bleeped out? [closed]

In this video, Dwayne Johnson appeared on The Tonight Show and was talking about himself being named the sexiest man alive on the cover of People Magazine. This conversation starts at 12 seconds into ...
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What is a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning "an enormous amount"?

How do I say "shitload" or "shit-ton" without cursing? Ideally, I'm looking for a term for casual conversation but without any cursing, the word you can use with kids and teens, or just adults you ...
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The female equivalent of "don't break my balls"

We all know that someone who can never be quiet, who criticizes, moans and nags until your patience wears thin and snaps. Some men will intimidate the nagger by saying: Stop breaking my balls! I ...
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"Head start" for "advantage". Then what is for "disadvantage"?

There are many synonyms, slang expressions, and idioms that refers to or almost to "advantage." For example, well as I said, a head start refers to an advantage. However there are rarely a few words ...
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How bad is the word "pussy"? [closed]

I know words, I have the baddest words, but I'd like to know exactly how bad the word "pussy" is. When it's referring to women's genitalia, and when the word is being discussed as opposed to used, how ...
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Meanings of the 'F' word [closed]

I'm looking meaning of 'F' word. So, What are the meanings of following sentences with 'fuck': 1.what the fuck are you doing ? 2.Let's get the fuck out of here! 3.I'm fucking sick of this fucking ...
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Meaning of: "I kinda hit it and quit it and left ya'll hanging" [closed]

Today, while I was listening to a song (Fort Minor - Welcome), I heard the following sentence: I kinda hit it and quit it and left ya'll hanging One of the meanings I found w/ Google translator: ...
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Politer form of expletive?

Which term is more appropriate to use? "fucked" or "buggered"
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A more polite way of saying "the world is going to sh--"

I am writing an essay and I want a more polite way of saying "the world is going to shit". I don't want to swear and can't think of what else to say. Can anyone help me?
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Does the phrase "Get down on your knees and pay your dues" have rude or sexual connotations in America?

Get down on your knees and pay your dues I said this, and my mom freaked out, thinking it was a weird sexual reference. I have never heard it that way, and teachers at my school say it frequently.
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Using "native" as a noun to refer to native speakers

Is using "native" as a noun to refer to native speakers of a language (as opposed to people native to an area) incorrect, potentially offensive, or both? For example: It's ok to start speaking in [...
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Are words asterisked because they're vulgar, or because of the concept being referred to?

Some words get asterisked. For example, it's not uncommon to see "f***" or "sh*t". But is it because of the vulgar word being used, or is it because of the concept being referred to? For example, ...
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Meaning of holy cow and holy $h!t

What do the words holy cow and holy shit mean? I have read them in dramas and online articles. Are they offensive? Is it normal for a person to use it?
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Dumbass or idiot? [closed]

Why choose dumbass instead of idiot or viceversa?
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What is a "sand nazi"?

I was looking for a definition to "sand niggers" and found this It makes sense to refer to Arabs as sand niggers because of the desert and dark skin but what is a sand nazi? it makes no sense at all.
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Is it OK if I used word "f---" in my topic for my teacher?

My school teacher asked my to make a topic about something that I do well, so I decided to write about my knowledge in electronics engineering. So I want to write a sentence like "what the fuck is ...
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