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On Thu, 12 Nov 1998 23:51:46 -0500 Nik Taylor <[log in to unmask]> writes:
>Steg Belsky wrote:
>> Really?  I have an obsessive hangup with people considering "hell"
>and
>> "damn" bad words :) , i consider them the tamest and most totally
>> non-vulgar exclamations you can use!
>
>Well, I consider it quite disrespectful of God to use such swear
>words,
>and therefore offensive to religious people, thus I don't think that
>even non-Christians should use such swears (e.g., I'm Christian, but
>I'd
>never use Allah to curse, and so I'd expect the same curtousy from
>non-Christians as well as Christians), actually it's kind of ironic
>when
>an atheist says something like "G**d***".  Especially when someone
>says
>"G**d*** this chair" or some other inanimate object - do you expect
>God
>Himself to come down from heaven to damn an inanimate object to Hell?
>:-)

Well, i don't think i've ever said specifically "God d***", or hear it
that often....usually i just hear people (including myself) say "damn!"
or "hell!" with no meaning whatsoever behind the word...it's just a
one-word exclamation, like "F!", which doesn't really mean anything
without a sentence context (even though the word F itself is extremely
vulgar).  Even when used in a sentence.... in "what the hell are you
doing?!" the words "the hell" don't mean anything in the context of the
sentence.  if it was "what *in* hell are you doing?!" it means something,
but i don't think i've ever heard someone say that in real life....maybe
in a movie or something...

-Stephen (Steg)

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