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  1. HaraKiriBlade's Avatar
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    #1

    Son of a gun vs SOB

    Hi,

    I know SOB is definitely a swearing phrase. How about 'son of a gun'? I've heard it quite a few times but it didn't sound as offensive.

    Where does the phrase 'son of a gun' originate from, what does it mean and how does it fare among profanities? (I mean, how offensive do you think it sounds?)

    Thanks again.
    Last edited by HaraKiriBlade; 30-May-2005 at 21:32.

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    #2

    Re: Son of a gun vs SOB

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    'Son of a gun' is a harmless euphemism. Try THIS EXPLANATION.

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    Re: Son of a gun vs SOB

    SOB isn't used very much in BrE, and I'd say it's more slang than swearing when it is used, probably because it's an import.

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