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12:36:15 PM Jul 18th 2014
I humbly suggest that the Bt VS entry that the two-finger salute Spike gives is entirely appropriate to his "dirty, evil, punk rock, and dead" character persona, and belongs in the "getting past the radar" category rather than "didn't do".
09:16:41 AM Oct 14th 2012
Is this related to Country Matters?
11:04:42 AM Apr 11th 2012
British inward V sign: I thought that by itself it was not offensive; in order to be properly delivered, the hand must be thrust upward. Often with raspberries. See also Are You Being Served? where this was occasionally done. (Along with plenty of "my pussy" jokes. Clearly a post-watershed show!)
09:07:39 AM Oct 14th 2012
Don't try to be funny. It's very offensive in Britain, even just by itself.
10:17:33 AM Nov 18th 2011
(The Sonic example under Video Games) Why is a gesture with thumb, index finger, and middle finger extended obscene?
07:40:39 PM Oct 8th 2012
Because it's the British equavlent to flipping someone off.
09:16:12 AM Oct 14th 2012
I don't know about the thumb. I know that biting your thumb is still as offensive as it was in Shakespeare's day, and the two-fingered salute is, as you say, 'flipping someone off'. So's the middle finger. It depends where your hand is for it to be obscene with the thumb also extended. If it's by the head then, yeah, don't do it.
09:14:19 AM May 1st 2011
Um, when has bloody ever been considered proper swearing? I live in England and to be honest it's more on the level of damn than an actual real swearword.
12:41:24 PM May 12th 2011
Abrieviation of 'By Our Lady,' apparently, which I believe meant it basically used to be referring to the Virgin Mary - Roughly equivalent to "Jesus Christ" as an explicative to Catholics, then, and one of those things that died as being a major slur when swearing went from being mostly religious oriented to mostly body part and action oriented, apparently, getting considered as mild as it did in part because no bugger remembers what it actually means. All IIRC, of course.

Certainly not since the 50s, at least, has it been considered a proper swear, though.
07:23:33 PM Oct 8th 2012
I've heard that it's derived from "blood of Christ", and used as a blasphemy similar to "G*d damn".

09:11:29 AM Oct 14th 2012
Where in England you from. I know people that use bloody as a generic term. If I ever say it, though, it's as an adjective (e.g. The Bloody Tower) because something is, well, bloody. I always iterate that because, though not swearing, I don't think it's very polite and I know people that believe it is swearing and hearing it makes their blood boil. Also, Catholics are the main enforcers of never, ever, saying it. The country is now divided on whether it is a swear word or not, as some believe it is a swear word rooted in blasphemy and all those who curse it be condemned to Hell and some use it in casual conversation.
11:29:57 AM Apr 9th 2010
To answer Mmm Kay?'s question from the archived discussion: Gosh darn?
09:13:44 AM May 1st 2011
edited by TheMalignancy
Derp, wrong topic.
12:51:44 PM May 12th 2011
...Either God darn or Gosh damn, I think. Bloody is, well, bloody mild, but certainly an echelon above heck, more akin to the other bloody mild swears that no-one would think anything of outside of stuff aimed at under 7s such as damn and hell.
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