Rational swearing

Started by FierceKitty, 28 February 2024, 04:31:41 AM

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FierceKitty

Who agrees we need to adopt the imperative phrasal verb "celibate off!"? It makes far better sense than the alternative, which suggests the object of our anger should go and do something which almost everyone enjoys. True, the word will need to be expanded to become a verb too, but languages do that all the time.
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Ithoriel

Sorry, but it doesn't have the resonance of the original to me.

Too long and not a guttural enough utterance.

We need something a little more velar.

"Frag off!" perhaps, in the Vietnam War sense rather than the modern energy extraction sense.
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FierceKitty

I don't drink coffee to wake up. I wake up to drink coffee.

Raider4


Quote. . . rather than the modern energy extraction sense.
That would be "frak", wouldn't it? And didn't they use that in Battlestar Galactica?

FierceKitty

I don't drink coffee to wake up. I wake up to drink coffee.

Ithoriel

Quote from: Raider4 on 28 February 2024, 09:48:04 AMThat would be "frak", wouldn't it? And didn't they use that in Battlestar Galactica?

Ah! Yes! Oops!

In my defence it was posted at 05:50 after only two hours sleep last night and none the night before. Which may be an explanation but is no excuse!
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Last Hussar

The thing about THAT word is, as Billy Connolly pointed out, definitive. You never read

"{Blank} off," he hinted.

Though Jean-Luc Picard did have a nice line once;

"You may test that assumption at your convenience."

Which is diplomatic speak for 'eff around and find out'.
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d_Guy

"Get thee hence and become a eunuch", would work in polite company.

Would "celibate" conjugate as regular or irregular?
Of course one could argue that if one is celibate, one does not conjugate at all.
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FierceKitty

My Mum should get it. She is and was crazy about Delenn, and quotes the line frequently.
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Last Hussar

Ah, a tmesis has been used.
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Ithoriel

My favourite B5 quote is:

Susan Ivanova: No boom today. Boom tomorrow. There's always a boom tomorrow. What? Look, somebody's got to have some damn perspective around here! Boom. Sooner or later. BOOM!

My life experience tells me there is always a metaphorical "Boom!" just around the corner.
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Keraunos

I agree that telling people to go forth and multiply is not, at a rational level, an effective insult.  How about 'Droop off!'?

Roy

I liked the one from the televised Sharpe's Regiment. Recruiting sergeant Horatio Havercamp says to a fellow South Essex regiment NCO to "pi$$ thy britches" in reply to an insulting comment.
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Seven letters, three of them are f...

Liftoff
Faceoff
Enfeoff
Falloff
Infeoff
And...
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