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Old 29.03.2012, 13:39
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What age are we talking about? I've never heard of the twt term til this forum and had no idea it had to do with being a woman. I thought it was just an insulting term Brits called each other.
If you're concerned about what we call each other, just wait and see what we call the French
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Old 29.03.2012, 13:44
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If you're concerned about what we call each other, just wait and see what we call the French
I'll just leave this here:



Filters for forums do not matter when people are multi-lingual and can insert curse words in so many languages, next to, as what is mentioned the thing that a word in one part of the world is not profanity but might be in another part...
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Old 29.03.2012, 13:56
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Re: Profanity.

In the north of England Dickhead, certainly between male friends, is a term of endearment. And even in the south it's hardly rude.

But insults do depend on where you're from and the relationship or even the sex, for example us men often insult each other in the pub and we don't really mean it. However women mostly compliment each other, and they don't really mean it either
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Old 29.03.2012, 14:01
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In the north of England Dickhead, certainly between male friends, is a term of endearment. And even in the south it's hardly rude.

But insults do depend on where you're from and the relationship or even the sex, for example us men often insult each other in the pub and we don't really mean it. However women mostly compliment each other, and they don't really mean it either
At a wake recently in Yorkshire, I was amazed at the way the lads spoke to each other. It wasn't shocking though and didn't come across as rude. The way it was said it was clearly meant in banter and even I, who absolutely hates the c-word, didn't really even notice it after a while.

I suppose after the hundredth time hearing it in the space of a few hours, your ears tune out.
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Old 29.03.2012, 14:03
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At a wake recently in Yorkshire, I was amazed at the way the lads spoke to each other. It wasn't shocking though and didn't come across as rude. The way it was said it was clearly meant in banter and even I, who absolutely hates the c-word, didn't really even notice it after a while.

I suppose after the hundredth time hearing it in the space of a few hours, your ears tune out.
And at the same time it's not strange for 2 Yorkshiremen to call each other "Love" (but of course, we don't really mean it either)
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Old 29.03.2012, 14:24
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Re: Profanity.

Profanity? .... 'kinnell - what a lot of fuss over a muffy flange.

I actually object to the title of this thread - I didn't know there was such a thing as a fanny tie, let alone professional version.

.... and yes, my colonial cousins, a fanny is a twat, and not a bum.

eg - a fanny-pack is what a British female student uses during rag-week, and a bum bag is not a plastic carrier bag carried by a homeless man.

So with that, I'll see y'all next Tuesday.
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Old 29.03.2012, 14:26
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Profanity? .... 'kinnell - what a lot of fuss over a muffy flange.

I actually object to the title of this thread - I didn't know there was such a thing as a fanny tie, let alone professional version.

.... and yes, my colonial cousins, a fanny is a twat, and not a bum.

eg - a fanny-pack is what a British female student uses during rag-week, and a bum bag is not a plastic carrier bag carried by a homeless man.

So with that, I'll see y'all next Tuesday.
In french, Fanny is a girl's name.
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Old 29.03.2012, 14:27
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In french, Fanny is a girl's name.
... and in English, Fanny is a girl's .......
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Old 29.03.2012, 14:34
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Re: Profanity.

It always amused me as a kid when i read Enid Blyton books. Interesting link.

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Old 29.03.2012, 14:39
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... and in English, Fanny is a girl's .......
So we agree it both belong to a girl!
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Twat? In my mind that has hardly no negative connotation at all (aside from the obvious meaning). At least where I come from it's something you could say instead of many other things that would be regarded as profane. Like the use of the f-word here (in Europe).

And there is a stark difference between calling someone something profane and using a word as a strong adjective. Maybe that's what it means about tolerating profanity?
Twat, to my (UK) generation is not offensive at all - it just means a fool, idiot etc.

However as a teenager, I used in front of my auntie. It was then that I learnt that it is (or was) very offensive to her generation!
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Old 29.03.2012, 15:29
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Re: Profanity.

When I was younger--'sucks' was a term which many older teachers found to be extremely offensive. We never understood why--until we got older and made the connection, but for kids it was just disagreeable verb.
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In french, Fanny is a girl's name.
It is in english too, short for Frances. Not used much these days though.... wonder why?

In Ireland the F-word is used constantly in normal conversation, horrid. But you filter it out eventually.

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Old 29.03.2012, 15:35
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Re: Profanity.

Does it not also depend on how it is spoken? Twat can be said either rhyming with, "swot" or "prat". Twat, like prat could be just a "twat on the bot bot", like a swat, as in flies.
Twat as in swot is the one that I would suggest to be the one that is used to either refer to a nincompoop or female genitalia.

I must say, things like this are getting complicated, how are we to know sometimes? In fact, I often give up, if I try to convey the meaning of what I may have said, should it have dual meanings, is mostly just not worth the bother.

I prefer to let the offended one have their self righteous moment, I don't care if they think I am a racist ignoramous, or worse.

I'm not going to die because of it, at least I don't think I will...
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Old 29.03.2012, 16:16
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I would never, ever pronounce "twat" to rhyme with "swot". I think that's American pronunciation.
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I must say, things like this are getting complicated, how are we to know sometimes? In fact, I often give up, if I try to convey the meaning of what I may have said, should it have dual meanings, is mostly just not worth the bother.
http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/show/12608

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’The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

’The question is,’ said Humpty Dumpty, ‘which is to be master — that’s all.”
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Old 29.03.2012, 17:50
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...In Ireland the F-word is used constantly in normal conversation, horrid. But you filter it out eventually.
That's f*** with an 'e' rather than a 'u', isn't it?

Anyway, this whole thread is somewhat testicular.
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Old 29.03.2012, 18:00
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That's f*** with an 'e' rather than a 'u', isn't it?

Anyway, this whole thread is somewhat testicular.
It's OK, NAT, bollox doesn't get filtered.

HTH.
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Old 29.03.2012, 18:15
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That's f*** with an 'e' rather than a 'u', isn't it?

Anyway, this whole thread is somewhat testicular.
It's said with an e but the word's the same. I'm a native, I know.
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Old 29.03.2012, 19:19
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Re: Profanity.

I have to say as a north american that twat seems more funny than offensive. I ignorantly would have translated it into north american english into something like ninny or dumbo, sort of those cute kidsy attempts to be mean, ie "You big pooperface!"

Good to be informed of potential offensiveness, thanks OP.
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