Yep but we are drifting away from the patois of my childhood when factory workers would turn up the radio for a song with the phrase 'she walked the blood tower' just for the word 'bloody' and then turn it down. We were an innocent mob then. Interestingly the article mentions 'bugger' which is not likely to raise an eyebrow here but is more of a shock elsewhere. I knew a granny decades ago who visited her grandchildren in the US and they were scandalized by being called silly buggers by her.
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On Mon, 13 May 2013 17:15:46 +0000, Peter Montgomery
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Off topic (unless you bring up Bolo et al.)
In the article: 'The definitive expletive of the 18th century was bloody,
which is still in frequent use in Britain today, and is so common Down Under
that it is known as "the great Australian adjective."'
I overheard part of a conversation the other day where I heard a woman say
she was Australian. She must have been mistaken for a Brit because a few
seconds later I heard something containing the words "bloody pommie."
Definitely Australian I thought.