Excuse my French

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  1. Salty

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    Have you ever heard someone say someing that was offending (cussing, ect) and then they say "Excuse my French"

    I always say "NO, I Don't!"

    Thoughts?

    Salty
     
  2. Amy.G

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    Yes. But I'm not the language police. What comes out of their mouth is between them and God. If they're really offensive, I will avoid them in the future.
     
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    I hate when they do that, they should own up to it. I wonder if it comes from a historical occurrence
     
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    "excuse my French" is a common English expression that came up in the 30's. I can't remember all teh details now, but a writer included it in his book when he used a rather bold expression and apologized immediately in brackets with (pardon my French).

    Cheers,

    Jim
     
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    I always say--------Curseing has nothing to do with French

    yes------it is my Pet Peeve to hear folks say that

    Here's another one just as bad

    I walk into a room of people and someone wants to introduce me to another person there I do not know

    Both of us walk over to this person to be introduced and this person is sitting down----maybe on a sofa---or an easy chair

    The person introduces me to the other who remains seated but who extends his hand for a hand shake and says--------"Excuse my laziness---I'm not gettin' up!!"
     
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    I think people should substitude the word French with any other language. You could say,
    "Pardon my Russian"
    Spanish
    German
    English

    I never have cared much for the "Pardon my French" phrase. Why apologize for something you choose to say especially, if you know it will offend someone?
     
  7. Carolina Baptist

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    I find it revealing that they are concerned about offending me and not worried about offending God.

    Maybe it's because they don't need faith to believe that I hear them.
     
  8. FriendofSpurgeon

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    I agree. I hardly ever hear this anymore, but strangely enough, twice last week.
     
  9. Marcia

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    Actually, around here people don't ask to be pardoned or excused. They just use the bad language and that's that. It's very common in schools, too. My son, who was in the class of '2000, and his friends used to tell me how the girls at school used obscenities as much as the guys. It's really sad. What is even sadder is that I think they get it from their parents.
     
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    I've never heard cursing in French.
    I have heard it in arabic though. My grandmother who would rarley curse in english was more then happy to curse in 'the old language'.

    here either.
    except on rare occasion a man who normally doesn't curse, does for some reason, and women are around. (usually an older man)
     

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