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Friday, September 24, 2004

Slang and curse words

One of the problems with learning a language is that you learn stilted speech, and you don't learn those words that are a major condiment in most conversations between native speakers, namely curse words. Unless you are some sort of language purist or fundamentalist, of course, but if you are, then you aren't reading this Goddamn blog then are you?

Any-who, The Alternative Dictionaries is a compendium of curse-words in many languages. Check it out.

What is this?

The Alternative dictionaries are a collection of various forms of "bad language" from many languages. At the moment, there are 2743 entries in 162 dictionaries. This is a collaborative project with contributions from a lot of people. The pages are developed and edited by Hans-Christian Holm.

I can only vouch for English, and Yiddish, and a smattering of Spanish, but the Italian sounds good, so I'm studying up.


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