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October 21, 2005

"swears like a sailor"

i love this phrase-- and i wish i could-- but do sailors really swear more prolifically than other people? my stepfather was in the navy, but i've never really heard him let it fly.

Posted by lisa at October 21, 2005 01:57 PM


I think that's "swears like a fucking sailor." ;) My dad was in the navy, but I guess that doesn't mean much: maybe my propensity for swearing is genetically-based.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas on October 21, 2005 11:53 PM

I swear like a salor. My dad was in the navy and he swore like a sailor (except that I never heard him say the "f" word ... "shit" and "goddamn" were his favorites).

Posted by: Lisa B. on October 22, 2005 09:46 AM

i think i've always heard "swears like a trucker" but i don't know if truckers really swear that much.

Posted by: alicia on October 22, 2005 02:22 PM

Construction workers swear the most of any profession in my experience. I couldn't handle being in the house when they were working on my house. All that swearing, I kept thinking that something had gone horribly wrong, over and over.

Posted by: Sarah on October 23, 2005 08:50 PM

"10-fuckin'-4, good fuckin' buddy." Hmmm, maybe not. I've always found "swears like a crackhead pirate" works pretty well though.

Posted by: minty on October 24, 2005 02:53 PM

I have an uncle who was in the US Navy. Doesn't swear much at all. Would it make an difference that he's gay?

Posted by: Phil on October 25, 2005 12:47 AM

Then there's the (maybe even older) saying "not worth a tinker's damn." I guess I. T. people are the modern tinkers; but working in cubes, you never know who you'll offend.

Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas on October 25, 2005 08:33 AM

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