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What is one to say about June? The time of perfect young summer, the fulfilment of the promise of the earlier months, and with as yet no sign to remind one that its fresh young beauty will ever fade.

Gertrude Jekyll
A swarm of bees in May
Is worth a load of hay;
A swarm of bees in June
Is worth a silver spoon;
A swarm of bees in July
Is not worth a fly.
Learn English in May

Mind your language

mheredgemheredge Posts: 44,095 ✭✭✭✭
Profanity is socially offensive language, also referred to as cursing, cussing or swearing, with cuss words (American English vernacular), curse words, swear words, bad words, or expletives. It is language usually seen as impolite, rude, or offensive.

Here I want to explore language that can be used that avoids being rude, but allows you express your dislike or feelings about something in a way that is less offensive.

This list includes words that maybe only a child might use, and many are pure American English, but several words are useful for alternatives commonly used to avoid the f- word. I have often used 'sugar,' 'Oh my god,' and 'good grief' is another favourite.


I learned a few new words reading this Mirror article, but have never used any of them:


And for those who really want to show off their knowledge of Shakespeare...


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