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Little question

To my dear readers who are English native-speakers -

on a scale from 0 to 10, how vulgar is the phrase "Bugger off!" nowadays? Is it worse than "Piss off"?

Thank you in advance! <3 No, I do not intend to insult someone.

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mprice
Dec. 1st, 2011 02:28 pm (UTC)
"Bugger off!" - In the US - 0. It's relatively meaningless. It's a British expression.

"Piss off!" - the scale varies dependant on the age of the person being spoken too. It's more offensive to older individual than younger. "F*** off!" is more common phrase used to give offense.
die_heitere
Dec. 3rd, 2011 11:56 am (UTC)
Dankeschoen für the elucidation!! Ah yes, I suspected that "Bugger off" is rather British English. Maybe I'll find a Briton who could comment as well. :)
mprice
Dec. 3rd, 2011 04:02 pm (UTC)
I know when I was in England (1977) and my older sister called a cousin (a child) a silly bugger they were all horrified. "Oh, mummy! What she said!" Then mummy explained that it wasn't a bad word in America.

Amusing part of the story. When my sister asked what it meant, NO ONE knew! This included the grandparents who were there. It wasn't until we returned home that we learned, from my younger sister, what the word meant--as well as its origins.

FYI: It's an appropriate term when applied to Dorian. It means a homosexual. Or more specifically, a Sodomite.

Edited at 2011-12-03 04:02 pm (UTC)
die_heitere
Dec. 5th, 2011 10:10 am (UTC)
He he, what an interesting Price anecdote! X)
Thank you once more.
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