In 1972, George Carlin created a list of the seven dirty words that you were not allowed to say on television and this was always fun for me to say shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits. The Germans actually invented the word Schmutzwortsuche which is used to mean looking up dirty words in the dictionary. The dictionary actually lists a meaning for the phrase “dirty word”, which is defined as a word, expression, or idea that is disagreeable or unpopular in a particular frame of reference. People tend to get their knickers in a twist over ridiculous things, as sticks and stones can break our bones, but words can never hurt us. Some words are considered to be socially offensive and saying them is deemed cursing, cussing or swearing, but for me that is where all the fun is and the really bad words have always been my favorite ones.
A curse implies damning or punishing someone, while a swear word suggests blasphemy, where you are invoking a deity to empower your words, like in saying God dam it. Both of these words are considered to be profanity, because they are vulgar, socially unacceptable and shouldn’t be used in polite conversation. An expletive is a bad word that is uttered when you are startled or become mad at something. Some words can be abrupt, coarse, curt, fresh, impertinent, impudent, rude, saucy, uncivilized, uncouth, uncultured, unmannerly, unrefined, or vulgar.
I figured that I should give this Schmutzwortsuche thing a try today and the first word with potential that I came across was the word aholehole, which I figured would be a winner, till I read that this is the name of a species of Hawaiian flagtail fish native to the central Pacific. Then I found Assapanick, only to learn that this is another name for the flying squirrel. I continued my search and came across the word bumfiddler and I first glance I thought this was going to be about ass play, but it turned out that to bumfiddle means to pollute or spoil something, in particular by scribbling or drawing on a document to make it invalid. I guess that I probably already know all of the really good words in the dictionary.
Written for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Schmutzwortsuche.