Senior HTF Member
- Jul 28, 2001
If so, why? Or is this a strictly religious thing?
I would use it in public, but not in front of my grandmother.
Hell, my grandmother used to say it to me all the time.
I'm sure it's quite cultural-specific. Take two other words, "crap" and "shit". In the US the latter is considered by far the more objectionable term. However I've been told in the UK that it's the other way round.
However, I really must object to the phrase, "Cold as hell."
While the image of the "bad place" in the afterlife being terribly hot comes from the Middle East and the Mediterranian (places abounding with deserts and volcanoes) the word "Hell" entered the English language from Scandanvia, via the same Viking raiders/settlers who founded the city now known as York (Norse, Jarvik.) The Norse "Hel" was a place of snow, clouds, and bitter cold - not unlike the Scandanavian pennisula itself (in the winter, anyway. )
So "cold as Hell" makes perfect sense, if you know your history.
Actually, Heck was developed as a place to punish those who commit minor sins, such as using milk past the expiration date. Hell was getting too overcrowded, apparently. Heck is run by Phil, Prince of Insufficient Light, who carries a large spoon.
(Courtesy of the Dilbert comic strip)
My favorite place! "Get the heck out of my way".... hmm works I use hell sometimes, but heck if I'm around ppl I don't want to offend and I start to say hell... like in Spy Kids where the girl starts to say Shi...taki Musrooms