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    Default Which sounds more vulger?

    Which word sounds more vulger, "bullshit" or "baloney"?

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    The first one sounds more vulgar.

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    I agree with Ron.

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    Thank you!

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    You're welcome. Interesting 'bullshit' in British English is less vulgar than 'shit'.

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    One more thing to ask.

    Please read the story here (the same story I asked about before):

    http://www.chickensoup.com/books/soup_2_sample_01.html

    About "I told her that I did good things all the time, and all I got in return was "baloney!" (I didn"t use that word.)", I thought that the author actually used more vulgar words than "baloney", such as "bullshit", to describe what he had gotten in return to his /her grandmother.

    Is my interpretation correct?

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    I'd suggest that the author used a less vulgar word because they have enclosed it in inverted commas here to show it's a slang expression.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'd suggest that the author used a less vulgar word because they have enclosed it in inverted commas here to show it's a slang expression. ;-)
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    According to*The American HeritageŽ Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition.**2000., the etymology of baloney is an "alteration (influenced by baloney-sausge) of bullshit". Also, you and RonBee said "baloney" is less vulgar than "bullshit". So I thought the author used "bullshit" or the same kind of other mean words in reality, but due to convention of publication ethics (you know what I mean ^_^), he/she might have "altered" the original word into "baloney", which is much softer and better for its publication.

    Am I wrong??

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    Given the nature of the book,I think the writer might think 'baloney'is not the kind of word you use in front of grandma. I could be wrong, though. Americans are generally more uptight about rude words than the British, which is why I suggested this. It's hard to say for certain which is correct. The use of 'this' word, IMO, suggests he thought baloney too strong. If he wanted to imply 'bullshit', 'that word' might be more accurate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Given the nature of the book,I think the writer might think 'baloney'is not the kind of word you use in front of grandma. I could be wrong, though. Americans are generally more uptight about rude words than the British, which is why I suggested this. It's hard to say for certain which is correct. The use of 'this' word, IMO, suggests he thought baloney too strong. If he wanted to imply 'bullshit', 'that word' might be more accurate.
    OK. Thanks tdol. And I wait for another comments for an American to make it clearer.

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