Something tells me that you, @sibilazachrau are too kind for your own good and are taken advantage of!!
Something tells me we are all very lucky that you, @aran did not spend your days in Local Government in a state of unalloyed joy!! This gave you the incentive to do something else and we are the beneficiaries!
mmm thinks… what might Sibila end up doing???
I guess you are right. It is very difficult for me to say no. And unfortunately, I am a very good example for another phrase that we keep repeating in course 2: i shouldn’t love him…but it is easier to tell myself that in many different languages than actually do it. But well, I keep liking my old dog from course 1.
We tend to give nicknames to everybody in the village. Newcomers would often know a person only by his or her nickname, not the real given name. And the man I like is far older than me and is known as the poodle because of his curly hair. Or as the old dog from course one. So, I actually miss the cats and dogs in course 2. But I have hopes for the second half!!!
Amusingly, the word for “dirt” in Norwegian/Danish is spelled like our “s-word”, but with “k” in the second position. However, that “sk” sound in Norwegian is pronounced like “sh” in English…you can join the dots.
As well as its literal meaning, I think it is used as a mild expletive.
However, according to my TYS book this is a perfectly safe word to use in conversation - you could say it to your grandmother, and she wouldn’t bat an eyelid.
I believe both it and its homonym have to wait until after 9pm for television programs, but not necessarily for films. Both words automatically give a PG rating to a film, but the one you used is still (I believe) a little milder.
I certainly am used to the s…t word being milder than the c…p word!! But an tnternational Forum must be a minefield for such things!
I had a friend whose parents managed to get out of central Europe just before a certain Hitler started warfare all over the place. They spoke heavily accented but very good English, but had never been taught about swear words. I think I mentioned this before, because my poor friend ended up with the sort of language which meant I never did dare to let him meet my mother!!
On the Forum, the only really safe thing is not to swear!