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A student today asked if 'crap' was a swear word. I said it wasn't. Is it colloquial, slang or is it a swear word?
Thomas Crapper's name is inevitably linked with the toilet. "T. Crapper Brass & Co., Ld." was emblazoned on toilets all over England. It was the American soldiers stationed in England during World War I who returned to the US using his name as a euphemism for the toilet. Crapper died in 1910 at the age of 73, although his company lived on until 1966 -- 105 years in business. (However, the company has been resurrected and is again alive and well (see below).
IMO, it's a mild oath. It's a substitute for something that would be considered stronger, more offensive.
I'd say that in British English it isn't even a mild oath. It's companion beginning with 's' is still a little rude, but 'crap' could be used anywhere outside formal English, IMO. I wouldn't hesitate to use it in front of my grandmother, which is my test for acceptability.
- "I won't take that crap from anybody."
Do the British use it like that?
Yes, we say that. Things like films are often described as 'crap', people can be 'crap at' the jobs, etc.
So, we do have something in common.
By Will in forum Editing & Writing Topics
Last Post: 07-Oct-2006, 08:27
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