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Old 12-14-2012, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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You sure, I've definitely heard it on TV before. I also read an interview with Bette Davis, from Boston and a proud Yankee, and she used it.
Bette Davis was born in 1908 (and died in 1989), and into a family with "old" heritage. So maybe that explains the British-isms.

Check out the "Boston Brahmin" accent/dialect:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwvONJXJUO4

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Old 12-14-2012, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Nobody in modern America uses the phrase "bloody" in the context the OP specified. Americans only use that word when something is actually bloody.
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Old 12-14-2012, 05:30 PM
 
Location: Lakeland, Florida
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Nobody in modern America uses the phrase "bloody" in the context the OP specified. Americans only use that word when something is actually bloody.
I agree most do not, but some of us do.
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Old 12-15-2012, 01:17 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Nobody in modern America uses the phrase "bloody" in the context the OP specified. Americans only use that word when something is actually bloody.
I've heard it typed and spoken on the internet before, so clearly some do, whether it's an affectation or not. I don't doubt it could be a regionalism, perhaps parts of New England, the Tidewater. Just because you've never personally heard it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
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Old 12-15-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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I've heard it typed and spoken on the internet before, so clearly some do, whether it's an affectation or not. I don't doubt it could be a regionalism, perhaps parts of New England, the Tidewater. Just because you've never personally heard it doesn't mean it doesn't happen.
Well I'm willing to bet that it's less than 1% of the population. It's not so common as some posters on here are saying.
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Old 12-15-2012, 05:59 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Well I'm willing to bet that it's less than 1% of the population. It's not so common as some posters on here are saying.
Yes but then don't say 'nobody'. There's a big difference between a few and nobody at all.
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Old 12-15-2012, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Yes but then don't say 'nobody'. There's a big difference between a few and nobody at all.
Your right even if only .000001% of the country actually uses the word in that context. I think you've made your point.
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Old 12-17-2012, 09:17 AM
 
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I'd like to be able to use the term "bloody rotter", but I think it would sound ridiculous being said in Baltimore accent.


I hear that it would also sound pretty ridiculous coming from a British person who was less than 80 years old.
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Old 12-17-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I'd like to be able to use the term "bloody rotter", but I think it would sound ridiculous being said in Baltimore accent.


I hear that it would also sound pretty ridiculous coming from a British person who was less than 80 years old.
Huh? Bloody is still commonly used by all age groups.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:42 PM
 
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Huh? Bloody is still commonly used by all age groups.

Not just "bloody" - "bloody rotter".
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