Dang: (v) euphemism for the word damn
Added into the anthology of my journey through the ridiculous and sublime is a one-hour class I was required to sit in on when I was a sophomore in high school, with the subject being, “Better Choices.”
According to the principal, there was an outbreak of bad language in the school, and he wanted to explain how frustration could be handled with much more grace, using terms that, although meaningless, were also unoffensive.
I don’t know how this man knew there was a plague of naughty talk all over the campus.
I think he was fuckin’ stupid.
But speaking of that word, three suggestions were made for when the inclination might rise up to use the word “fuck.”
- “Forget it.”
- And “feathers.”
Now, I don’t know how one was supposed to restrain the tongue from spitting the original gem, substituting the new language, but the instructor explained that if it was accomplished and sweeter sayings could be offered, then it was generally regarded among the American populous that your morality was immediately deemed honorable, and you gained at least thirty IQ points.
Shit was shoot.
Goddamn was golly.
Ass was bottom.
Bullshit was baloney.
Dick was private areas.
Pussy skipped vagina and went to lady’s parts.
And of course, damn was dang.
At the end of the session, four students were called up to do a demonstration, with the first pair using the foul words and the second pair, the more respectable lingo.
They probably could have gotten through the whole class without too much ridicule–but it was really a bad choice to do the demonstration. All the gathered students hooted and howled with the ala natural dialogue, but not nearly as much as they squalled in laughter over the dainty terms, which seemed as awkward as a Baptist family having an audience with the Pope.
Because of that forum, I have never used the word dang.
I don’t think that was the goal.
So I apologize to the educators.