From: Phillip J. Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Sep 15 1998 - 14:17:22 EDT
On Tue, 15 Sep 1998 13:11:23 +0000, you wrote:
>I disagree. If someone says "go to the crows" it clearly means "I hope you
>rot and the birds peck your dead flesh". Some euphemisms are unclear
>because of cultural differences.
I hadn't thought of why they were telling someone to go to the crows,
I suppose that you are probably right in your expansion of the phrase.
Modern language does, however, lack these colorful ways of expression
a curse, though. Have you ever read any medeval book inscriptions?
They have the same sort of curse language, "if you don't return my
book may your sould be everlasting eaten by the Worm of Hell," etc.
I suppose that we just don't curse as well as we used to.....
Phillip J. Long
Asst. Prof. Bible & Greek
Grace Bible College
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