Idiom question

Aaron E. Drews aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Fri Jan 21 20:23:04 UTC 2000

On Fri, 21 Jan 2000 Mark_Mandel at DRAGONSYS.COM wrote:

}Jim Smith wrote:
}I've been told, by someone who used it in the wrong
}place (England) and was strongly reprimanded, that
}"holy cow" is an insulting (no kidding!) reference to
}the Queen of England.
}Hmph. Not bloody likely... as coming from the people who think "bloody" is a
}blasphemy!  ;-)\

That's starting to lose it's "weight" of vulgarity.  It's still stronger
than "damn", but weaker than the universal expletive.

}But Seriously Folks, that one does sound very strange. Has anyone else heard of

I can't say that I've ever heard that particular insult applied to Her
Majesty.  I'll ask around, since the Scots tend to be more (proudly)
anti-monarchy than the English.


Aaron E. Drews                               The University of Edinburgh
aaron at                  Departments of English Language and       Theoretical & Applied  Linguistics


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