Profanities

In this section does contain some links which contain words or expressions not used in "polite" company. If you are likely to be offended by strong language do not read further or follow any of the links on this page or those in same section of the "Resources" page. Much of what is in the links is just slang.

Webster defines slang as:

Slang Slang, n. [Said to be of Gypsy origin; but probably from Scand., and akin to E. sling; cf. Norw. sleng a slinging, an invention, device, slengja to sling, to cast, slengja kjeften (literally, to sling the jaw) to use abusive language, to use slang, slenjeord (ord = word) an insulting word, a new word that has no just reason for being.] Low, vulgar, unauthorized language; a popular but unauthorized word, phrase, or mode of expression; also, the jargon of some particular calling or class in society; low popular cant; as, the slang of the theater, of college, of sailors, etc. [1913 Webster]

Webster defines profanity as:

The quality or state of being profane; profaneness;irreverence; esp., the use of profane language; blasphemy. [1913 Webster]

There is no denying the fact that some slang is deliberately demeaning and rude. It is also true that slang, slang expressions and profanities are in common use and always have been. This site is not exhaustive. You may be aware of some words and expressions that are not here.

To prevent the "accidental" reading of this page and to stop children accessing the page only the URLs of the relevant web sites will be given here. These sites are also listed in the "Resources" section of this site.

The first list has been compiled by Febe R on the "eduFire" site. It is clearly an alphabetical list but seems to cease at "h". The second list is complete as written. It has an Australian flavour as is clear from the name of the site: "Koala Net". The American slang expressions listed are non-offensive and are more of an appendix to the "Usages" section of this site. With an international content the "Online Slang Dictionary" does get into some vulgar words and expressions although one has to search the site for these well buried items. The Wikipedia site leads to many other references which is as deep as this site needs to go into this subject.

Profanities

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