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expletive scale

the usual translation for 'shit' is 'scheiße'. this is anecdotal but i am absolutely certain that i hear the word 'scheiße' in overheard conversations in public places, say the street or tram, more than i hear the word 'shit' in the same situations in english first language countries. so my question is, is scheiße actually a milder word than shit, a bit more like 'crap'?

to put it another way, if there were an expletive scale with something like 'drat' at 1, and the strongest expletive at 10, i would put shit at around about 7-8, meaning getting into the area where it isn't good for public places like a street where people could overhear (just my opinion). where would scheiße be on the expletive scale?
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where would scheiße be on the expletive scale?
You're one of those people that likes to put things in boxes, aren't you?

Seriously, I wouldn't expect there to be a consensus on this. It depends on the person and the situation...

The German version is probably less strong as the english one - but in english there are other words as well that one may use to similar effect, such as "bullshit" and "crap" and the likes - which also hear fairly often even where you don't expect
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The German version is probably less strong as the english one - but in english there are other words as well that one may use to similar effect, such as "bullshit" and "crap" and the likes - which also hear fairly often even where you don't expect
Actually I would say crap is definitely less strong than shit for a native English speaker. Proves the need for an expletive scale for language learners maybe!

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Re: expletive scale

I would put 'shit' at around 2, 'bullshit' at 1, and 'crap' at 0.

'Pig-dog' is a clear 10, however, unless you are in Italy where it's a 1.

Meanwhile:

"Swearing Is Actually a Sign of More Intelligence - Not Less - Say Scientists"

https://www.sciencealert.com/swearin...say-scientists

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I would put 'shit' at around 2, 'bullshit' at 1, and 'crap' at 0.

'Pig-dog' is a clear 10
in that case, try to stay below 0.5 the next time you are at the vicar's tea party and don't like the taste of the sandwiches...
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