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Сидишь, в голове крутится, какие все матерные слова изначально оскорбительны для определённой (зачастую мало в чём повинной части населения), и вдруг в голове всплывает:

У старинушки три сына:
Старший умный был детина,
Средний сын и так и сяк,
Младший вовсе был дурак.

И продлжается уже на английском...


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So I have been thinking rather a lot lately how most of the swearwords are unusable because initially (and currently) offensive toward a certain group of (innocent, unfortunate, not-like-the-norm?) people.

And then I had this beginning of many folk tales in my head as well, where an old man usually has three (or more) sons, and the the younger the stupider, and then the youngest goes on to become a hero.

And then I accidentally did this small bit of translation:

The old man had himself three sons:
The eldest was the clev'rest one,
The middle not the sharpest tool,
The youngest was a perfect fool.

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