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    Equivalent words and usage of BE "bloody" in AE?

    Hi teachers,

    I notice that the word "bloody" is commonly used in Britain than in any other countries. I can hear it all the time from the mouth of British. I remember my English teachers used to make fun of me and called me "Bloody awkward",he was Scottish,by the way. He was a funny nice guy though. Back at that time,my English was much worse than i am now. I just understood it roughly as "very awkward". Maybe I was wrong.

    I know the usage of this word may not be nice in situations but I don't understand this usage completely. Can u tell me the equivalent words and usage in AE?

    Thanks

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    Re: Equivalent words and usage of BE "bloody" in AE?

    BTW- it's not very rude in BrE.

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    Re: Equivalent words and usage of BE "bloody" in AE?

    Can you please explain some more to help me understand the usage?

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    Re: Equivalent words and usage of BE "bloody" in AE?

    Quote Originally Posted by amigo
    Hi teachers,

    I notice that the word "bloody" is commonly used in Britain than in any other countries. I can hear it all the time from the mouth of British. I remember my English teachers used to make fun of me and called me "Bloody awkward",he was Scottish,by the way. He was a funny nice guy though. Back at that time,my English was much worse than i am now. I just understood it roughly as "very awkward". Maybe I was wrong.

    I know the usage of this word may not be nice in situations but I don't understand this usage completely. Can u tell me the equivalent words and usage in AE?

    Thanks
    I would think that one major equivalent in AE would be "damned" as in "damned awkward".

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    Re: Equivalent words and usage of BE "bloody" in AE?

    bloody awkward = very
    This is one of it's most common uses- intensifying. It can also modify a noun:
    That bloody man!

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