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Francois

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I believe it's mainly UK and offensive.
Is it common though eg. when you talk with good friends about a third person, or when you say "bugger it!" ?

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It's common in BE. I wouldn't actually say it is offensive any more. It's a bit stronger than 'bloody', but not taboo. The phrasal verb 'bugger up' is very common too.;-)
 

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It seems to be a Japanese word, too. When I said it once, my students - who also study Japanese - said 'Oh! You can speak Japanese!' ;)
 

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tdol said:
It's common in BE. I wouldn't actually say it is offensive any more. It's a bit stronger than 'bloody', but not taboo. The phrasal verb 'bugger up' is very common too.;-)
Thanks!
'To bugger sth up' is close in meaning to 'to bungle', right?

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