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    I believe it's mainly UK and offensive.
    Is it common though eg. when you talk with good friends about a third person, or when you say "bugger it!" ?

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    It's common in BE. I wouldn't actually say it is offensive any more. It's a bit stronger than 'bloody', but not taboo. The phrasal verb 'bugger up' is very common too.

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    It seems to be a Japanese word, too. When I said it once, my students - who also study Japanese - said 'Oh! You can speak Japanese!' ;)

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    It's common in BE. I wouldn't actually say it is offensive any more. It's a bit stronger than 'bloody', but not taboo. The phrasal verb 'bugger up' is very common too.
    Thanks!
    'To bugger sth up' is close in meaning to 'to bungle', right?

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    It is.

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