Flippin’
Posted: 15 September 2011 07:31 AM   [ Ignore ]
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“It’s just none of his flippin’ business.”

Quoth Sarah Palin on TV. Does anyone in the USA say “flippin’” in normal speech or is just something someone might say on TV?

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Posted: 15 September 2011 07:42 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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I’d say it’s rarely spoken seriously, since there’s barely a stigma associated with dropping an F-bomb or twenty nowadays, but there are still some folks who consciously avoid swearing, so it may find occasional use.

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Posted: 15 September 2011 07:59 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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It’s not very widely used, in my experience, but it’s common enough that I would call it a recognized minced oath.

(interrupted while typing, semi-pipped by NTG)

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Posted: 15 September 2011 10:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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I’ve heard “flipping” used in real-life speech in Leftpondia.  It’s not rare, but it is somewhat uncommon.  In my opinion, it is a ‘goofy’ euphemism likely to be chosen by those who might just as easily use “gosh-darn” or “dad-gummit”.  It seems to me to be slightly less ‘goofy’ than either of those. 

“Fricking” and “effing” are, in my experience, more commonplace.  I have heard the actual “F” word and its variations far more often than either of these, though.  As NTG says, “...there’s barely a stigma associated with dropping an F-bomb or twenty nowadays...”

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