An addition: as hungry as a hawk
Are words "devil" and " bedevil" unacceptable in Children's story? Thanks!
e.g. What the devil is the outcome?
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I think that must depend on the context of the story and the age of the children for whom it is written. Fundamentally I cannot see a problem with using either.
Thank you, Anglika. I don't have the context now.
What age are children who love the Harry Potter books? I notice some of the 'language' in those books, though, has been omitted in the films!
(As I recall, I'm sure Ron thinks nothing of saying 's*#•t') so hell seems as mild as 'botheration!'
As Anglika said, though, whether 'What the devil...' is going to be acceptable depends on context. As an (imperfect, I admit) example, in a series of children's books written in the late '40s-early '50s, Enid Blyton wrote about some children who were always being moved on by a policemen who said 'Clear orf' - which, at the time, was fairly strong language to use when speaking to children. The children were not in the least offended, and referred to him as 'Old Clearorf'. That context made the otherwise unacceptable* language OK in children's fiction.
*Unacceptable, that is, in the moral climate of the time.