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Pete, thanks for the link to the Bobby Knight clip. But everyone knows the most versatile word in the English language is "Dude."

http://www.bbc.co.uk/dna/h2g2/A193853

The Australian equivalent is "mate".

On the topic of colourful words, there was a book about a football fanatic "A Fan's notes" by Fred Exley.

http://www.bookslut.com/features/100books/notes.htm

In one episode the protagonist befriended a girl, maybe the kid sister of a girlfriend, and taught her how to say every word in the book. He described her pleasure in learning to articulate and savour the hithertoo forbidden words. This is a 35 year old memory but it seemed like an innocent and playful thing rather than exploitation with evil intent. But the linked book review suggests I should have read more of the book. That is all I remember apart from the way he spent game days in the bar, suffering with his team and living every second of the game over and over.

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