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Saturday, Jul. 12, 2008 - 7:39 p.m.

Language Log post today on 'dang' and 'durn' (as represented in the Zippy comic strip).

They call it rustic. I don't think of myself as especially rustic, per se, though I'm definitely not urban. Anyway, for purposes of full disclosure, I have to admit I use 'dang' on a regular basis, and possibly 'durn' as well (or maybe just 'darn'?). But also, one they haven't touched on-- a nonironic use of 'dadgum'. Well, I am getting on in years. Though I would never say 'dadgummit' nonironically. Not yet, anyway.

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