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    Default Usage of "as hell"

    Hi,

    The little story in Quote 1 was written by myself several years ago. And a guy told me "as hell" sounds bad for parents in a story for kids. Please read his comment in Quote 2. I daren't use "as hell" at will since then. I wonder whether it is his comment appropriate. I mean whether "as hell" is a negative phrase or not. Thanks!

    PS. I don't need you to proofread my writing.

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    How heavy the snow is! It 's bitterly cold. All is white from earth up to hills. Nothing leaves to be eaten, she is hungry as hell and has to ran out for food.

    The white little bunny castes about for food, telling to herself " The snow is so heavy and it is so cold that little money must be very hungry. I would like to share the food with him, if I can get some.

    The white little bunny digges out the snow by hand. Wow, there lie two carrots under the snow. How cheerful she is!
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    I doubt a story for children that uses the phrase "hungry as hell" would be appreciated by parents or children.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 18-May-2008 at 17:59.

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    The phrase "as hell" would certainly be considered by many parents to be inappropriate in a children's story. And I wouldn't use it. Also, there are other phrases that are just as good. Examples:
    as hungry as all get out
    as hungry as can be
    as hungry as a bear

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    The phrase "as hell" would certainly be considered by many parents to be inappropriate in a children's story. And I wouldn't use it.
    Hi Ron,

    Thank you. Why do you not like " as hell"?

    According to online Cambridge Dictionary, it seems it is not a disapproving or rude term.

    (as) ... as hell INFORMAL
    used to emphasize a description of an unpleasant characteristic:
    She's really quite unpleasant about other people and she's as mean as hell.

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Ron,

    Thank you. Why do you not like " as hell"?

    According to online Cambridge Dictionary, it seems it is not a disapproving or rude term.
    Hi,
    I think that it depends on your religous sensibilities, personally, I find nothing wrong with it, but if you are a certain type of Christian you could find it undesirable.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,
    I think that it depends on your religous sensibilities, personally, I find nothing wrong with it, but if you are a certain type of Christian you could find it undesirable.
    Hello Bhaisahab, thank you for your answer. I got it now. I won't use it though I am not a Christian since some people can not accept it.

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    There is more to English than just words; there is a culture (or many cultures, since it is spoken in many countries) that defines what is rude, sometimes it has nothing to do with the words themselves. What is appropriate and what is not, we have to learn it from the natives if we ever want to use English properly. ;)

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    Spot on, Kraken!

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Ron,

    Thank you. Why do you not like " as hell"?

    According to online Cambridge Dictionary, it seems it is not a disapproving or rude term.
    I didn't say there was anything wrong with it. The question was would it be appropriate in a children's story ("sounds bad for parents in a story for kids"). That's what I was responding to.

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Hi,
    I think that it depends on your religous sensibilities, personally, I find nothing wrong with it, but if you are a certain type of Christian you could find it undesirable.
    Quote Originally Posted by Kraken View Post
    There is more to English than just words; there is a culture (or many cultures, since it is spoken in many countries) that defines what is rude, sometimes it has nothing to do with the words themselves. What is appropriate and what is not, we have to learn it from the natives if we ever want to use English properly. ;)
    Amen. I don't think I am what bhaisahab would call 'a certain kind of Christian' - in fact, I'm not sure that I'm any kind of Christian - but that particular phrase just wouldn't be acceptable in a children's story. Some people, to avoid offending the sensibilities of 'a certain kind of Christian', replace it with 'as heck' (and they replace 'hell' in other phrases too - 'a heck of a day' for example), but even 'as heck' would not be suitable in a children's story. 'As hungry as anything' maybe; or 'famished'; or 'could eat a horse' or one of RonBee's alternatives (although the first one is new to me; and in Br English it seems that we 'can eat a horse' rather than a bear!)

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    Default Re: Usage of "as hell"

    Thank you, RonBee & Bobk.

    I have a related question. Should I try to avoid any expressions which contain the word of " hell", such as "not have a cat in hell's chance", " make someone's life hell"?

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