'Son of a gun' is a harmless euphemism. Try THIS EXPLANATION.
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I know SOB is definitely a swearing phrase. How about 'son of a gun'? I've heard it quite a few times but it didn't sound as offensive.
Where does the phrase 'son of a gun' originate from, what does it mean and how does it fare among profanities? (I mean, how offensive do you think it sounds?)
Last edited by HaraKiriBlade; 30-May-2005 at 22:32.
SOB isn't used very much in BrE, and I'd say it's more slang than swearing when it is used, probably because it's an import.