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    Smile Can I say "crappy" on TV

    Scenario:

    Bart went to a summer camp. He and his fellow campers were ill-treated there. Finally he led his pals took the camp. And a journalist went to the camp to interview with Bart. Here's their dialogue.

    Bart: I just want the whole world to know that this was a really crappy camp. Can I say "crappy" on TV?

    Journalist: Yes, on this network, you can.

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    I am wondering why Bart asked whether he could say 'crappy on TV'. Does 'crappy' contain any taboo?

    I have looked it up in Cambridge Dictionaries Online but don't find anything too bad about it.

    crappy

    adjective OFFENSIVE
    unpleasant or of very bad quality:

    He's had a series of crappy jobs.
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Could someone please give me a hand? Thanks!


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    It is a rudery. Not a word to be used if you have a juvenile or sensitive audience. It is, however, in common colloquial usage.

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    Hi Anglika,

    Thank you for your help.

    Could you or someone else explain why 'crappy' is so offensive? PM is fine if it is not good to discuss it openly.

    And it's no problem for me, if you wouldn't like to talk about it further.


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    "Crap" is defecated material

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    "Crap" is defecated material
    Thank you, Anglika. I caught the drift. It might be comparable to the word of 'sh*t'.


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    Exactly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Exactly!
    Thanks a lot for your answers time and again. Have a good day!

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    Hello Anglika,

    I am wondering whether 'shoot the crap' is a 'no-no' to some people. I went over my English learning note and found I stated it. Is any slang which contains 'crap' usually offensive?

    And do people use any euphemism for 'crappy', like some obscene words, such as f**k, sh*t, a$$.

    I mean if I have to use 'crappy' in my writing, should I use it in the way of 'cr*ppy'.

    Thanks in advance.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 29-Aug-2008 at 05:53.


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    It is not a word to use in polite society. It is much used colloquially amongst buddies.

    Unless you are writing a fictional narrative or dialogue, or a very colloquial non-fiction piece, I would avoid its use. If you do use it, then spell it out.

    As to alternatives, "I have had a bad day"; "Things have been really awful"; "That meal was absolutely dreadful". There are plenty of perfectly good adjectives. Using words such as crappy indicates a lack of good vocabulary or a lazy approach.

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    Hi Anglika,

    Thanks for your comment. I will bear this in my mind.

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