Friday, March 10, 2006

Does "Bloody" Pass Your Personal Taste Test?

I'm not bothered by the word bloody, but it seems the Brits are. (Also, I hadn't been aware of this use of the term fruity, which the OED says can mean "full of rich or strong quality; highly interesting, attractive, or suggestive," sort of like "juicy" or "spicy.") So, do you think bloody is too fruity a word?

3 Comments:

Blogger sunbelt said...

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10:13 AM  
Blogger sunbelt said...

I think I read that the word "bloody" originated as profanity. That was over 400 years ago (correct me, Martha, if I'm wrong). Today it's used by the british and all sorts of other people routinely and non-offensively (is that a word?).

The BACC tv watchdogs are too sensitive. 400 years later, they should bloody well get over it. Can't be more offensive than those Abercrombie and Fitch posters.

10:50 AM  
Anonymous Nat said...

Bloody hell! You mean the Brits are going to take away our favorite adjective? I think they are just annoyed that they sent the convicts to such a beautiful part of the world!

8:06 AM  

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