Religious swearing

Kenneth Gorelick pulmon at mac.com
Sat Jan 7 19:21:25 PST 2006

On Jan 7, 2006, at 10:10 PM, Howard Brazee wrote:

> Jon Lincicum wrote:
>> Given the nature of swearing, it makes sense that the more taboo a
>> particular subject is in a given culture, the more likely it is  
>> that it would make a good swear. Kinda interesting social comment  
>> there, I would say.
>> Majikjon
> I'm not sure.   How religious of a country is France today?   And  
> which population in the U.S. is most likely to use religious  
> swearing - the fundamentalists?    Or Catholics?    There is a  
> tremendous amount of cultural conservativism in swearing.
> But where this conversation goes to is determining how various  
> cultures in Dragaera swear.   It doesn't appear that the Easterners  
> have the same confidence in the everyday existence of gods.   Do  
> both cultures say swear by Vera's blood?   It is interesting that  
> when Vlad used an unfamiliar curse - he was asked if that was from  
> something that really had been observed (we had observed that yes,  
> it was in fact something real).
> Can someone look through the text for examples of swearing - and in  
> particular the above example?

Not a lot of religious swearing in France today. Besides the common  
"vas te faire foûtre" (go f*** yourself) to "Bordel de  
merde" (whorehouse of shit) to ras le cul (I have had it up to my  
ass) scatalogical and sexual curses are far more common.