(Orca spoiler)

Kenneth Gorelick pulmon at mac.com
Fri Jan 6 17:21:30 PST 2006

On Jan 6, 2006, at 3:33 PM, Mia McDavid wrote:

> Howard Brazee wrote:
>> We have seen religious cursing in Dragaera.    I'm told French  
>> cursing
>> is religious.   U.S. tends to be sexual and scatological.   I  
>> wonder how
>> this varies around our world - and around Vlad's world.
> There is a very great deal of religious cursing in Italy, the  
> locale of the Roman Catholic Church.
> For more information on cursing; indeed, as much information as you  
> would ever want to know about cursing, go to http://www.sonic.net/ 
> maledicta/ , the Internet home of the Journal of Verbal Abuse.   
> This is a legitimate scholarly site, in spite of the proprietor's  
> 'tude and the subject matter.
>> A similar change in meaning is "bitch", which used to be used to
>> describe female dogs the way we use "cow" to describe female bulls.
> Interesting that in English the cattlebeast is the only one  
> generically referred to in the feminine.  Dog is masculine, Cat is  
> neuter, but Cow is feminine.
> Mia

How udderly insightful!