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    Question Who the f*** does he think he is?

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    Is this a common usage? (red one)
    please explaine me the meaning of this text.
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    We are told that Obama is serious about peace in the Middle East. He maybe is. But even such assumed seriousness might not be able to change the disturbing pattern that forced Clinton before him, according to former top Middle East Advisor, Aaron David Miller, to utter the following words: "Who the f*** does he think he is? Who's the f***ing superpower here?"

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Quote Originally Posted by ARAM View Post
    Hi
    Is this a common usage? (red one)
    please explaine me the meaning of this text.
    Thanks
    bye
    We are told that Obama is serious about peace in the Middle East. He maybe is. But even such assumed seriousness might not be able to change the disturbing pattern that forced Clinton before him, according to former top Middle East Advisor, Aaron David Miller, to utter the following words: "Who the f*** does he think he is? Who's the f***ing superpower here?"

    they are taboo words, related to sexual activity, parts of the body, etc. They are regarded as shocking by some people. They are not (or should not) be used in public speech or formal writing.

    However, everybody uses them
    they are bad-words, but people use them to express their emotional state, to emphasize something.

    Who the f*** are you? (anger)
    This bread is f***ing good. (joy)

    There are lots of bad-words that people like to say, specially in movies and stuff. They have their place in every language.
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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    It's common enough in places where such language is acceptable, and there have been plenty of instances of other politicians swearing like this when they thought they were a safe distance from the press or public. It means that the person Clinton was talking about has a high opinion of himself and was not showing Clinton much respect or was not takling his advice, etc, which clearly annoyed Clinton.

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Quote Originally Posted by marciobarbalho View Post
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    However, everybody uses them

    no, they don't. There are many people who would never say this word, and are offended by hearing it used. However, they don't always complain (what's the point?).
    It's completely wrong to give learners the impression that there are no taboo words in english, or that "everybody uses them", or that, because you hear them on tv, or read them on the 'net, that they are acceptable in normal conversation. As a general rule, this one is not.

    they have their place in every language.

    they have a very limited place in the real language of new speakers of english. They should be known so that they are understood when heard. But they should not be used if the speaker has any doubt about the appropriate context in which to use them.

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    However, everybody uses them

    no, they don't. There are many people who would never say this word, and are offended by hearing it used. However, they don't always complain (what's the point?).
    It's completely wrong to give learners the impression that there are no taboo words in english, or that "everybody uses them", or that, because you hear them on tv, or read them on the 'net, that they are acceptable in normal conversation. As a general rule, this one is not.

    Maybe so. I said that because I, personally, have never seen any adult who has never used such words.

    they have their place in every language.

    they have a very limited place in the real language of new speakers of english. They should be known so that they are understood when heard. But they should not be used if the speaker has any doubt about the appropriate context in which to use them.


    agreed.

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Is "freaking" acceptable instead of "F*ing" to be less offensive and can be used?

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Is "freaking" acceptable instead of "F*ing" to be less offensive and can be used?
    I guess so.
    However, still must not be used in formal writing or public speech etc.

    This video is freaking good.

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

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    Is "freaking" acceptable instead of "F*ing" to be less offensive and can be used?
    It's not widely used in British English.

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Quote Originally Posted by maral55 View Post
    Is "freaking" acceptable instead of "F*ing" to be less offensive and can be used?
    It is more acceptable. There is often a gradation of words deriving from the initially taboo word.
    "fucking, fricking, freaking, effing .."
    A similar gradation occurs in blasphemous taboo language:
    "Jesus Christ! Jesus! Geez! Gee!"
    In some cases, like the last, the derivation becomes lost over time, and the more disguised term becomes generally acceptable. I'm sure this occurs in most languages. I can't think of any derivations of "fuck" that would be generally acceptable in most places.

    Which variety is acceptable in which company is a matter of experience; there are no rules. If you could make rules about when you can use taboo words, then they wouldn't be taboo.

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    Re: Who the f*** does he think he is?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    It is more acceptable.
    A similar gradation occurs in blasphemous taboo language:
    "Jesus Christ! Jesus! Geez! Gee!"

    Would you please explain this part more? Are they Taboo too? I did not know.

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