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Did you know that "bitch" and "cock" are rude words in America?

A female dog refered to all the time in England (correctly) as a bitch, would be very insulted if you called her that In The States. Here she is called a female or a girl dog.

A cock in England is a male domestic fowl, it means something quite different in the US. A male domestic fowl over here is called a rooster.

The Americans on the other hand call turf "sod" (a kind of swear word in England) If you told an American to "sod it" he would think you wanted a new lawn!
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I tried to delete the previous message since the perfectly correct words I used have been omitted and now the message makes no sense! The words I used were crucial to the message on the different connotations of the same language. You are left to guess now what they are. Here is a clue, the first word begins with b and the second with c
Yes; the software comes with an inbuilt censor and US 'profanity' list. Unfortunately it doesn't give you the right number of asterisks, either.

We had trouble for a while when anyone mentioned Tom, Dick, and Harry.

MrP
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Oddly enough, when you hover the mouse pointer over the thread title in the list of threads (What is this called, something like "mouse-over pop-up"? You have to enable it on the user profile page -- "which, incidentally, still lists British English as the only available English option in Languages," she digressed irately) the actual words appear! Did we know this before?
Hi, khoff!

I hovered. Nothing happened.

Jim
Have you enabled "mouse-over pop-up" on your user profile page?[:^)]
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No. On first reading I ignored what you had in parentheses because it seemed unrelated - I thought the whole parenthetical remark was related to the list of languages. I'm going to fix the profile and try again.

I guess until we're allowed American English we're going to have to talk about "flavour" and "colour" and just hope to fit in without being detected and thrown out!

CJ
This could have been a healthy discussion, but obviously no discussion can get off the ground if the subject is banned. There is a school of thought that maintains swear words, being in such common use, are an integral part of the language and should be accepted as such. I am not advocating swearing, there is nothing more boring than listening to someone habitually swear. It does come in useful though in times of stress, running late, missing the train, stubbing ones toe, burning the cakes. Or in times of anger, being conned, being betrayed, being disbelieved or humiliated. It is interesting to note that the message I posted after the London bombing contained a word in Latin which would probably have been deleted in English. Perhaps that could be another way to thwart the software! As Shakespeare had Hamlet say, "There is nothing either good or bad but thinking makes it so."
I think this 'healthy discussion' has been done to death already, here and elsewhere, Tallulah. I'd suggesting restarting it in Linguistics Discussion Forum if you must-- or better yet, I'll just move it there now...
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