'Bloody' has now become an important indicator of Australianness and of cultural values such as friendliness, informality, laid-backness, mateship - and perhaps even the Australian dislike and distrust of verbal and intellectual graces

— Kate Burridge

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Because of the way our society is structures, using sentences such as "I don't it" can put people at a disadvantage. And this is, of course, why teachers have to give students access to Standard English, in order to protect them against this sort of prejudice.


All euphemisms are dishonest, but many are designed to make life easier


All taboos serve different human interests by avoiding those things which threaten to cause offence or distress


Underhand euphemism are used, not so much to conceal offence and to deliberately disguise a topic and deceive


A non-standard dialect is as valid communication system as the standard