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    Smile Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    Am I rude if I say 'darn tootin' to a teacher? I think darn is the variation of 'damn. Thanks!

    Teacher: Can you close the door?
    Me: You're darn tootin'.

    You're darn tootin'

    Posted by Steve Donnelly on September 15, 2005

    Wondering about the origin of the phrase "You're darn tootin'" meaning roughly "damn right!" or enthusiastic agreement with what someone has just said. There is a Laurel and Hardy short by this name from 1927 or so, I wonder if that is the origin of the expression or if it was already in use and they named their film after it.

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    Default Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    It's not really rude, but it's the wrong situation to use that.

    Use it with friends, casual situation to mean the same as "right on."

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    Smile Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    Hi Susiedqq,

    Thank you for your help.

    I meant to quote another explanation about it as below, so I was asking that. I've caught the drift after your response.

    darn tootin

    The redneck equivalent of "yes of course."
    Are you gonna go pick up yer date, Billy-Bob?
    Darn tootin! hyuk

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=darn+tootin

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    Smile Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    If my friend Tom is a devout Catholic, can I say that to him? Thanks!

    Tom: Is she your mom?

    Me: Darn tootin.


    PS:

    I remember Ned Flanders in The Simpsons hates people say damn.

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    Default Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    It depends on Tom's sensibilities. 'Darn' is often regarded as an attenuated [=made less severe/toned down] version of 'damn'; but it was not attenuated enough for my Auntie Katie (an excessively devout Catholic who lived over the road from the church so that she could pop in and out all day every day), for example, who told her nephews and nieces that "PDQ" stood for "Pretty Double Quick".

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    Smile Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    Hi BobK,

    Thank you for the interesting illustration. I laugh my head off about the story.

    I have tried to learn to be alert on slang since someone told me 'hell' is a no-no to kids. I probably would quit using 'darn tooting'.

    My former teacher of English admonished us not to ask Westerners' religions, and other else about privacy. Thus, there's no way for me to know whether slang expressions with taboos are acceptable for them or not. Sensibilities on the taboos slang contains hinge on different people.

    Have a good one!

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    Default Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    I would venture to say that "darn tootin'" is safe to say in any company. Any person that is offended by "darn" is also going to be offended by "golly," "gosh," and "holy cow!" In other words, there aren't many interjections that won't offend them.

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    Smile Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    I would venture to say that "darn tootin'" is safe to say in any company. Any person that is offended by "darn" is also going to be offended by "golly," "gosh," and "holy cow!" In other words, there aren't many interjections that won't offend them.
    Hi Ouisch,

    Thank you for the reassurement. Then, I try to use it in the future.

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    Default Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    Hello,
    To say "You're darn tootin'" isn't offensive, but it is kind of a silly phrase to use. It would probably be better if you kept it simple and just replied with an "Ok" if a teacher asks you to close the door.

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    Default Re: Is 'darn tootin' offensive?

    'Darn tootin' is often used (when it's used at all - mostly in old cowboy films!) to emphasize something (perhaps an unexpected truth). 'Surely you're not going to try to stop Miller's gang on your own?'/'Darn tootin I am'. It's a bit like 'You're damn right.'

    Opening a door for a teacher isn't an appropriate context. (But I doubt very much if TD is still tuned in.)

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