Many curse words from long ago were different, creative ways
Whenever I would get in trouble for cursing as a kid I’d wonder why the world decided that a certain handful of words are entirely off limits. How can a few letters strung together be so bad? Looking up the etymology doesn’t quite explain why we’ve deemed certain words inappropriate, but it does provide us with a whole new bag of synonyms and substitutes for those words we love to say but really shouldn’t.
1. The F-Word
2. The S-Word
The original definition of the Old English word scitte referred to “purging diarrhea.”
3. The A-Word
4. The C-Word as in “See you next Tuesday.”
5. The B-Word
6. The D-Word
In the 1550s, the word referred to “fellow,” “lad” and “man.” Yep, dudes used to call each other Ds. The word didn’t become synonymous with “penis” until a 1891 farmer’s slang dictionary declared it so.
7. The Other D-Word
“Damn” has its origins in the Latin damnare which means “to adjudge guilty; to doom; to condemn, blame, reject.” It first appeared in the 13th century and may have been an ancient religious term, you know, all that damnation stuff.