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What does "confused TF out of" mean?

"TF" is an abbreviation used in certain parts of the internet to mean "the fuck". Its origin as a recognizable acronym possibly comes from the more common abbreviation "WTF&...
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What is a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning "an enormous amount"?

Yes, I think buttload is an acceptable, informal substitute, at least in AmE. However, some might still find the usage of butt somewhat offensive since some people consider butt to be a mild curse ...
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Is "beyond your comprehension" an offensive phrase?

If you are directing it at a particular person it may be somewhat offensive, since it implies that they are stupid. It would be better to say, "... is beyond comprehension" In other words ...
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Are some offensive words always masculine?

Technically, it's possible to use these terms for any gender. The definition in the dictionary will generally support that, as Max cited. However, there are strong cultural dimensions to these terms. ...
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The female equivalent of "don't break my balls"

I'm not sure there's a direct female equivalent, but there's a gender-neutral expression with a similar meaning and level of vulgarity: Get off my ass! That being said, I think it's much more ...
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What is a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning "an enormous amount"?

I like Max's answer, but having lived in NZ for a while (as a non-native English speaker), the first thing that came to mind was heaps. Noun (informal) - a great deal; an enormous amount ⇒ I've ...
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Are 'ass' and its derivations considered vulgar words?

It's on the mild end of the vulgarity spectrum, but yes, generally considered somewhat vulgar. Just a few short years ago it would have been censored more often than it is today. In "friendly but ...
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The female equivalent of "don't break my balls"

There are a lot of other options that don't refer to specific body parts, but I gather that you want something similarly vulgar but referring to female anatomy. It's not all that common, but if you ...
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What is a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning "an enormous amount"?

The polite version of shitload is 'shedload' or 'shedloads'. Whether 'buttload' is acceptable or not probably depends where you are - it wouldn't be acceptable in front of children in the UK, or in ...
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Is "beyond your comprehension" an offensive phrase?

No. It's not offensive, although beyond your comprehension can be used in an offensive way. Italian is beyond your comprehension, could be considered offensive if it implies you are not smart enough ...
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Are some offensive words always masculine?

To address your question as posed in the title, there are some (nearly) masculine-specific insults: Bastard 1. Bastard is an insulting word which some people use about a person, especially a man, ...
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Is "beyond your comprehension" an offensive phrase?

In the sentence quoted in the question, depending on the context, 'your' is possibly used in the same meaning as 'one's' (i.e., it is the possessive form of generic you): When [...], it's beyond one'...
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A more polite way of saying "the world is going to sh--"

Oh so many, many ways. I'm sure you will get many suggestions. The world is going to the dogs. The world is going to hell in a handcart. The world is going downhill. The world is going to ...
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What is a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning "an enormous amount"?

Humans have been producing social meaning from language nearly as long as we've been producing excremental material from nutrition. We might not need many mental steps to move from buttload to ...
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What is a non-vulgar synonym for this swear word meaning "an enormous amount"?

Not sure why it was removed in later revisions, but an older version of Wikipedia's list of Indefinite and fictitious numbers had some real gems: buckets couple-few "forty-leven" oodles scads umpteen ...
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Does "BITEME" have any non-vulgar usage cases? (seen with other food-related words on printed wallpaper at a restaurant)

"Bite me" is not particularly vulgar. It may be a minced oath, that is a euphemism, a way to avoid saying something vulgar. ELU notes that is a "super soft" way to express ...
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What does it mean to say "f*** this n***a" here, and when to use it

The following represents usage in AmE. I imagine there are similarities in other English speaking regions. nigga Usage alert Nigga is used mainly among African Americans, but also among other ...
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What does it mean to say "f*** this n***a" here, and when to use it

Max has covered most of the answer well, so I will just offer an alternative interpretation of the final sentence. As this is essentially speech, not prose, you can't assume proper use of grammar. An ...
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Are some offensive words always masculine?

Yes, we can call a female person a fucker or a motherfucker. These two words are not restricted to males. The two roughly mean a contemptible person, without regard to one's gender: fucker ...
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What does "wtf" mean?

Interjections like what the X and what on X are expressions of surprise or confusion, frustration or anger, resignation or nonchalance. The intensity more or less correlates to that of the key word. ...
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Why is damn a swear word while dang and darn aren't?

Your confusion likely comes from seeing all three of these words used as expletives. When someone is upset, they might say any of these three words, and yet Damn is considered very offensive, while ...
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Are 'ass' and its derivations considered vulgar words?

I caution you to avoid making judgements about the acceptability of words in general based on their occurrence in media. Perhaps more useful would be consider the times of day and to what audiences ...
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The female equivalent of "don't break my balls"

I've heard Get off me! pretty regularly. Also Don't get your panties in a bind! from women as well as from men. Probably not exactly what you're looking for but fun all the same. You could ...
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Meanings of the 'F' word

The second thing you need to know about the word "fuck" is that its use as an intensifier is strongly associated with certain classes, genders, and regions, and – moving from the topic of English ...
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Why is "a Japanese" offensive?

Because apparently there is a factoid on the Internet, either based on or sustained by an article in China Daily, (viewable here) that claims that the ending -ese is used in English only for certain ...
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Is "beyond your comprehension" an offensive phrase?

No, it's not offensive in the example sentence As used in the OP: In the following sentence does "beyond your comprehension" have an offensive connotation? When a large population of ...
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Meaning of 'b*****k'

I imagine it's meant to be the British English slang "stark bollock naked". From Collins Dictionary plural noun A man's bollocks are his testicles. [British, informal, rude]
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Are 'ass' and its derivations considered vulgar words?

To answer this from a UK perspective, "ass" is not a word for polite company, but is not considered too strong. This is not a complete reference, more a series of musings on the topic. The ...
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Is the adjective 'cocky' a discrimination word?

You have focused your attention on a usage of this noun that is specific to a small community. Most native speakers are not even familiar with the usage. The usual meaning is this, which I have ...
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