字幕列表 影片播放 列印英文字幕 Ladies and gentlemen, this is how not to swear in English. Guys, this is such an important lesson to learn. Now I know that you know all the English swear words anyway. I know that you know them, don't pretend like you don't. They are the first words that we learn, aren't they? I mean, the swear words are the first words that we learn in any language. How do I know that because the first French words I learned were swear words. The first Spanish words I learned were swear words. The first Cantonese words I learned were swear words. And it is quite enjoyable to swear in another language, you know, I admit that. But in certain contexts, it's completely not ok. So at work for example, really not appropriate to swear in English at work. Around children, it's another place where I think it's really not ok to swear and to be honest in a lot of situations. Unless I'm with people that I feel very comfortable with or I'm at football, I'm very careful not to swear. So we need to be aware of our context, about where we are and who we are with, if we are going to swear. We as Eat Sleep Dreamers, I think we should be able to express ourselves without using swear words. We don't need to use them. There are so many other ways to express how we feel without using swear words. And actually we're going to get really creative today. We're going to find some words that are actually way more fun to use than swear words. You can start to bring in Shakespeare, Roald Dahl, film quotes. We're going to be looking at all of those today and we're going to find out ways, creative ways to not swear. Alright? So if you are up for it, this is going to be a fun lesson, ok? Alright, let's start off with a classic one. This word. Now a euphemism we use to describe this word is the f-bomb. So you could say 'I try not to use the f-bomb' and that means I try not to use that word, ok? So already there's a nice word, a euphemism we can use to avoid saying that word. So the f-bomb. Quite an informal phrase here is 'He dropped the f-bomb'. to drop the f-bomb is kind of like, he said that word, the f-word. That's another way we could describe it is the f-word, ok? So it's the f-word or the f-bomb. Now an alternative you could use, I mean you could say 'for crying out loud!'. That's quite a good one 'oh for crying out loud!' You could say 'Blast!' A slightly old fashioned one is 'Fiddlesticks!' A bit old fashioned, it's quite sweet so you know you could use that one 'oh fiddlesticks!' And again it starts with F so it kind of helps you to express what you feel but without saying the full F-word, you can say 'Oh fiddlesticks!'. We also use the f-word with up to suggest that we made a mistake 'oh I effed-up'. In fact 'to eff up' is quite a nice way to avoid using the f-word 'Oh I effed up'. So I made a mistake. You could also say I screwed up. That's quite good or I messed up. "I totally messed up.' Same thing. So you can avoid saying the f-word quite nicely. I effed up, I screwed up, I messed up. With the -ing it's sed as an adverb as well to intensify our feelings about something. So alternatives might be like flipping. 'It's flipping cold, isn't it?' Or 'It's fricking cold' or 'freaking cold'. So you could say 'It's flipping cold, isn't it?' or 'It's fricking cold'. Freaking maybe is slightly more American, possibly. 'Oh it's freaking cold, isn't it?' So all three you could use as an intensifier to intensify how you feel about something. Again you could say 'That meal was flipping good.' So you are avoiding saying the f-word but you are intensifying how you feel about something. A nice alternative to the f-word with -ing is bleep. Now in films when there is a swear word, certainly on tv, they used to bleep out the word. It's a sound. It's essentially this. 'What the...' So that's to bleep out a word. So we use that as a word now. So for example I might say 'I lost my bleeping phone' and that is expressing the f-word with the -ing but we don't need to use it. We are being creative with the language we are using bleep which is associated with swear words with foul language but we are using it in a creative sense. The other classic word is this one. We call these four letter words. If you said 'he uses too many four letter words.' Four letter word kind of means, either that one or the other one. So yeah again it's like a euphemism to talk about a swear word. So for this four letter word, alternatives, the classic one would be 'Sugar!' Again it has that S sound so it feels like you are about to say it but you avoid saying the word. So you say 'oh sugar!' You could say 'oh shoot!' as well 'shoot'. So sugar, shoot. A really soft one 'bother!' Again maybe slightly, a bit old fashioned maybe. A sort of classically British one, slightly old fashioned again would be 'Gordon Bennett!' Now I don't know who Gordon Bennett is or was. I don't know why we say his name but you'll hear it. Maybe it's a kind of British thing, maybe it's a London thing as well 'Oh Gordon Bennett.' You can use Gordon Bennett if you are surprised or you're annoyed. Yeah maybe it's one that you might hear a native speaker say but you don't necessarily need to use that one. In London we probably be use 'Blimey!' or 'Cor Blimey!' for example to show like surprise or annoyance. Blimey, Crikey as well 'Crikey!' Again particularly with surprise or some kind of exasperation 'Crikey!' Those very British ones Gordon Bennett, Blimey, Crikey good ways to show that you are annoyed about something. Not necessarily swear words as such but if you want to show that you are annoyed those are pretty good. With this phrase we could avoid saying this by actually using the word S.O.B. 'What an S.O.B.' Now we know from S.O.B. that it means that phrase so there is a connection and so again I would be careful with things that have any connection to a swear word about using that at work or around children or things lie that. I'd be very careful. But it's safer than saying the full phrase. So 'what an S.O.B.' Alternatives could be 'Son of a gun!' that's quite a classic one 'son of a gun!' 'Son of a mother trucker!' That's a good one. I've heard recently 'son of a bachelor' as well. I guess you could be quite creative with this you could kind of go 'son of a...' whatever you want. I've also heard 'son of a motherless goat' I mean, yeah, alright it's a nice alternative. The thing is again I would be a bit careful about using that anywhere formal, it's quite obvious what it actually means. It's quite aggressive so yeah, but it's an alternative. My favourite, instead of saying this phrase you could say 'shut the front door!' That's brilliant, I love that one. We understand what it means but you avoid the rude words. So that's often used in surprise. So if someone had said something surprising to you, you could say 'shut the front door!' Similar to S.O.B. is BS. Now BS stands for that. Kind of like nonsense essentially. 'Oh that's nonsense' And you can say 'that's BS' "You are talking BS' It means you are talking nonsense. Again people understand what BS stands for so use it wisely in the context you are in. Instead of using this phrase you could say 'what the heck!' So maybe somebody has done something stupid and you say 'what the heck!' 'What the heck are you doing!' Or you could say 'what the eff are you doing!' Again you are avoiding the full word but there is obviously with eff, there is association so you are linking it to the full word. So 'what the heck' is probably a safer word to use here but what the eff has he done now'. Now there are hundreds of words to describe someone as an idiot. If you want to describe someone as an idiot there is a variety of words. Some extraordinarily rude but there are some alternatives, some creative alternatives that we can use. So yeah, like 'you're an idiot!' That's a classic one 'what an idiot!' 'What a plonker!' In British English plonker is quite a common one, it's quite a classic one. 'Oh what a plonker!' it juts means an idiot. I've heard a lot more recently like a douche. In American English it's come over here 'oh what a douche!' So I would say that's probably not too rude. In addition you could say 'What a twit!' That's quite a soft one, I would say 'what a twit!' But do you know what, I think if you are going to insult somebody, if you are going to call them an idiot you should be creative with this word. This is your chance to shine, to show that you have humour as part of your language. Because I think that's a huge part of language is being funny with it, being playful with it. So I'm going to look to two Britain's greatest writers for inspiration. Let's start with Shakespeare. How would Shakespeare insult someone? Roald Dahl invented so many words that we can use some of them and they are so fun and playful. We could use one of those to insult somebody. And how about films? Why don't we look to films and tv to find fantastic ways or creative ways to insult someone. Because if you are going to insult someone do it in a fun creative way. So one of my favourite films is Elf played by Will Ferrel. Played by Will Ferrel. Now Will Ferrel in Elf uses some amazing language and one of my favourites is. I mean, is that not the best insult you've ever heard without actually being rude? If you do one thing this week please use that phrase. It's too funny. This is a really fun phrase.If somebody uses a lot of swear words in their language or in their vocabulary we say they have a potty mouth. So for example you might say 'My brother has a real potty mouth' and that tells me that he says a lot of swear words. You could also say a foul mouth to have a foul mouth. 'He has a foul mouth' he says a lot of rude words. Now I don't know about where you guys are but I remember in a previous place that I used to work we had a swear jar. This was a jar and every time that somebody swore in the office you have to put a pound in to the swear jar. And it was a really good way of stopping people from swearing because as soon as you did it, you would be like 'oh no, what did I do!' Ok, a pound in the swear jar and you know if you had a potty mouth or a foul mouth you'd lose a lot of money in the week. So this is a really good way to stop people from swearing and to get them to use more creative ways to express themselves. I suggest you try that. If you work in an office where there is too much swearing. I suggest you introduce a swear jar. If you want to avoid swearing in your writing then we can use all the different symbols that are used in punctuation to replace key letters in the word. So I've been using it through out this video and we will look at some other examples of how you can avoid actually writing the swear word itself but you can suggest what it is. Obviously this is extremely informal and I wouldn't be using this in any kind of serious writing but I wouldn't be swearing in any serious writing. In a business document or whatever, clearly so this is again for when you are talking to your friends or whoever but you don't want to swear this is a nice alternative. Eat Sleep Dreamers, how was that? Did you enjoy that lesson? How NOT to swear in English. If you enjoyed it, please give it a big like, big thumbs up and if you know anyone who would enjoy that video then please share it with them. Share it with someone that's learning English or your English class or your English teacher. 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