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    bloody in AmE

    Both my Oxford and Webster dictionaries say "bloody" is used in BrE and it's offensive. However, the line "We are bloody organized" is heard in the movie American History X.

    My question is do Americans use it and is it that offensive or is it just informal?

    Thank you

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    #2

    Re: bloody in AmE

    Americans rarely use it. It's not offensive in the US.

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    Re: bloody in AmE

    bloody - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    From WordNet (American usage):

    adverb
    1. extremely; "you are bloody right";

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    Re: bloody in AmE

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    Americans rarely use it. It's not offensive in the US.
    Would you give me some more intensifiers that are similar to "bloody" and "damn"?

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    Re: bloody in AmE

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    bloody - Definitions from Dictionary.com

    From WordNet (American usage):

    adverb
    1. extremely; "you are bloody right";
    thanx

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    #6

    Re: bloody in AmE

    Don't rely on the fact that a word is in the dictionary as an indication that it's used. In the U.S., it sound very "British." Those of us who have read a lot of British books or seen a lot of British TV may use it, but usually in more set phrases like "Oh bloody hell" or "You bloody well better... "

    This example from WordNet "You are bloody right" sounds VERY un-American to my ears. You've got one person from the Midwest and one from the East saying it's not used much.

    In that example, use "so" or "certainly" as intensifiers.

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    Re: bloody in AmE

    "un-American"? What does that mean?

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    #8

    Re: bloody in AmE

    As a British English speaker, I would disagree with the idea that it is offensive- it's slang, but no longer a swear word.

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    Re: bloody in AmE

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    As a British English speaker, I would disagree with the idea that it is offensive- it's slang, but no longer a swear word.
    And bloody right, you are.

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    #10

    Re: bloody in AmE

    Quote Originally Posted by retro View Post
    ... However, the line "We are bloody organized" is heard in the movie American History X.

    ...
    I haven't seen the film, but I expect there was a dialogue like this:

    A: You need to get organized.
    B: We are bloody organized.

    The intensification is really done by the word stress; the 'bloody' indicates the speaker's anger/disgust/despair/...

    In a context such as this, however, it really intensifies: 'We are bloody well going to get organized.'

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