So I was struggling with something for the book and not getting anywhere, and I remembered that it’s been months since I made you freeloaders work (remember naming all the Demon Island businesses? That was in December 2016. Put down those umbrella drinks and cowgirl (or cowboy) up. It’s time to earn your keep.
So here’s the problem. People swear. Demons are people, so demons undoubtedly swear, too. But would they use our swear words? Obviously different demons speak different Earth languages beside their native tongue of Demonaic, but for our purposes they’re speaking English because they’re in New Jersey. I’m assuming “damn” is probably universal, but after that . . .
So I have three questions.
- Since demon agents are required to have advance knowledge of Earth languages, they’d have knowledge of Earth slang (that’s actually stipulated in the book) and so would know Earth curses and obscenities.*. Would they just use those, or under pressure would they use their own?
2. If they use their own, what would they be?
3. According to the (very brief) research I did, some societies do not swear. Would it make sense that demons didn’t?
[*I wasn’t sure what the difference between a curse and an obscenity was, so I looked it up. A curse invokes the name of God (you stipulate the god), and an obscenity is an offensive word or expression (you determine the offensiveness). None of this matters that much, I’m just flashing my research.]
I have no idea if I want demonbad words, but I know you’ll have opinions. Let me hear them, damn it.