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Bloody. by tucsonmike on 15 August 2007 9:47pm
I need help with this for the new book I am writing. When is it appropriate to use bloody or bloody hell?

Re: Bloody. by Spursfan on 15 August 2007 10:17pm
'Bloody' is, I suppose, mild swearing. [As an aside, when we were about 12, my friend saw a badly injured dog which was bleeding badly, by her house. She told her Mum 'There's a bloody dog outside' and got a smack!! True story].

So, you might say, 'the bloody bus is late as usual' if you were very annoyed, but it would be more polite to say 'the flippin' bus etc'!!

It is no way as bad as the 'F' word!!

Bloody hell you would use as an exclamation.

For example, you meet a friend you haven't seen for a while and they have lost a lot of weight. You might say 'bloody hell! You look well' or something.

Or if you nearly fall off a bridge you might say 'Bloody hell! I was nearly a goner there!'

Hope that helps, Mike!

Re: Bloody. by canaveralgumby on 15 August 2007 10:50pm
Isn't the origin of this usage a reference to the blood of Christ? Isn't that why it is naughty to say?
Re: Bloody. by tucsonmike on 16 August 2007 12:08am
Thanx Anne.
Re: Bloody. by kazzzz on 16 August 2007 2:46am
How the bloody hell would I know??? :)
Re: Bloody. by tucsonmike on 16 August 2007 3:25am
Leave it to you, Karen.;)
Re: Bloody. by Miss-M on 16 August 2007 7:10am
Here ya go, Mike! "Bloody" is apparently "the Australian adjective".


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Re: Bloody. by tucsonmike on 16 August 2007 3:21pm
Well thank you to the Australian contingent.
Re: Bloody. by geordiegirl on 16 August 2007 4:50pm
If you wrote it in your narrative as "bloody 'ell", Mike it might look a bit milder. As Anne says, neither are considered that offensive, especially in print
Re: Bloody. by Wheelrim on 16 August 2007 7:34pm
Troble is Mike, its TOO mild an expletive these days, not many rappers using it eh? as long as any expletive isnt overused they are all valid in writing, when used appropriatly and realistically, I mean, The Queen would almost definately not use the `F` word, but would, I reckon (sorry ma`am if I am wrong) use bloody when reeeaally annoyed!
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