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    Smile What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    Hello everyone.
    My name is MaTech, and I'm new at the forums.

    Well, I've an English friend and I noticed that he sometimes says "Ding it!" or something like that [I don't know in which context]. I would like to know if this is a vulgar expression or similar and also what does it mean.
    If I'm right, it comes from "Damn it" but I'm not sure, that's why I'm contacting you.

    Thank you for reading this.
    Greetings.

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    #2

    Re: What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    The phrase is 'dang it'. Originally, it was a mild way of saying 'damn it'. Used today, it's no longer considered vulgar or profane. Even a very religious person who avoids all profanity might still say 'dang it'.

    I would say you're safe to use it in just about anyplace. Very few people today would consider it offensive. It's actually become kind of amusing.

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    Re: What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    Not A Teacher

    The phrase might also be 'darn it' which some people use an alternative to 'dang it'.
    I think 'darn it' might be the more common usage in BrE.

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    Re: What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    This is an easy one to answer, MaTech.

    Next time he says it, ask him what he means by it.

    (We'd like to know,too.)

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    Re: What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    I say "dang it" frequently. The utter mildness of the expression amuses people but their amusement is not my goal. It's a holdover from when my kids were younger and I didn't want to swear in front of them.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    I don't know any BrE speakers who regularly use "darn it". I might have expected to hear it a few decades ago. We don't use "dang it" in BrE at all. I have only ever encountered one person in the UK who was upset/offended by "damn it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What does the expression "Ding it" mean?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have only ever encountered one person in the UK who was upset/offended by "damn it".
    I didn't know you had met my mother.

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