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An international guide to cursing
Well, you know you have bought a turkey when you find several errors on your first dip into it! Sometimes the phrases are grammatically wrong, sometimes they simply don't mean what they are said to. The reason becomes clear when you discover the methodology behind its compilation - the American author simply asked everyone they knew, and also on the Internet, how people 'cursed' in their native languages!
So - we have the errors of second generation Americans giving a phonetic version of what they Well, you know you have bought a turkey when you find several errors on your first dip into it! So - we have the errors of second generation Americans giving a phonetic version of what they remember their parents exclaiming, without paying attention to the fact that when you are using 'bad language' no one is likely to be correcting your mistakes!
It is also clear that some of the interlocutors were embarrassed at being asked what their exclamations meant, and have either given an extremely euphemistic translation or simply picked the nearest vaguely equivalent American phrase. Since some nationalities with a rich vocabulary for insult have strong prohibitions about using such language in the presence of a woman without insulting her simply by doing so , if the author is female, then this reaction is understandable.
Curse + Berate in 69+ Languages by R.V. Branham
But then there are the Internet trolls - since the author has evidently made no attempt to check anything, they have fallen foul of some respondents who are simply mocking the questioner. However, it is difficult to feel sorry for him or her, when you see that this has been so carelessly compiled that there is not even consistency within a single sentence as to whether names of languages should be given in their native form, or in English. Obviously, some of the material will be completely accurate - and some is quite funny.
But since it is impossible to tell in any language with which you are not already familiar what is genuine and what is simply a mickey-take on the author, this book is completely useless. Oct 03, Ryan rated it liked it.
I got this book purely to raise my hipster street cred. Not really. Well, sort of. Anyway, about the book: It satisfied the prerequisites for bombed-out-of-its-mind intellectual elitism in that it was an eclectic and exhaustive list of dirty words, winking as hard at itself as it was me, the reader, in at least the graphic design element, if nothing else.
Design seems to count a lot in the book, which I believed would have read more like a thesaurus than an almanac, with relevant illustration I got this book purely to raise my hipster street cred. Design seems to count a lot in the book, which I believed would have read more like a thesaurus than an almanac, with relevant illustrations to the terms on the page that were, of course, only psuedo-intellectually marginally relevant to the subject matter on the page, leaving one to draw his or her own inferences pertaining as to the reasons why a helmeted badger would appear above a list for epithets concerning one's mother or similar - I don't remember exactly, though the book is about two feet from my head at the moment.
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Okay, so I didn't read it all the way through. But, having paged through it at work, I quickly realized that I must have it. Mostly, the phrases are not any that you'd ever want to say in polite company, at any rate , but are the kinds of phrases you should know - just in case you're on the receiving end.
Mar 22, Stacey added it. Actually pretty interesting to see the cultural differences in the way some countries "curse" each other Apr 27, Hilary rated it really liked it Shelves: keeper-books. Kick ass! Wakefield rated it liked it Sep 10, Mesembryanthemum rated it it was ok Jul 21, Octavian rated it really liked it Jan 14, Marika rated it really liked it Jul 10, Jim Cooper rated it did not like it Jul 23, Anrpatel rated it really liked it Dec 13, Charmaine rated it did not like it Mar 02, Victoria rated it liked it Mar 12, Shewanda Pugh rated it it was amazing Aug 06, Charles rated it really liked it Aug 29, Rowan Tepper rated it it was amazing Mar 30,
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