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
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 ling.ed.ac.uk Departments of English Language and
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
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