Helveticurse swear jar

Helveticurse is the exploration of a glossary-type website that contrasts the neutrality of Helvetica with the offensiveness of English curse words. Related content is pulled from Google, Wikipedia and Twitter.

Helveticurse is a CHEDONLINE project and is designed and developed with love and curiosity by Charles Lim aka Ched. It was inspired by sites like Newswordy and films like Helvetica.

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verb /dæm/
damned, past participle; damned, past tense; damning, present participle; damns, 3rd person singular present

  • (in Christian belief) Be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell
    • be forever damned with Lucifer
  • Be doomed to misfortune or failure
    • the enterprise was damned
  • Condemn, esp. by the public expression of disapproval
    • intellectuals whom he damns as rigid doctrinaire idealists
  • Curse (someone or something)
    • she cleared her throat, damning it for its huskiness
    • damn him for making this sound trivial

exclamation /dæm/

  • Expressing anger, surprise, or frustration
    • Damn! I completely forgot!

adjective /dæm/

  • Used for emphasis, esp. to express anger or frustration
    • turn that damn thing off!
    • don’t be so damn silly!
Full definition for damn


Damnation (from Latin damnatio) is the concept of divine punishment and torment in an afterlife for actions committed on Earth. In Ancient Egyptian religious tradition, citizens would recite the 42 negative confessions of Maat as their heart was weighed against the feather of truth. If the citizen's heart was heavy with guilt, they would face torment in a lake of fire. Zoroastrianism developed an eschatological concept of a Last Judgment called Frashokereti where the dead will be raised and the righteous wade though a river of milk while the wicked will be burned in a river of molten metal. Abrahamic religions such as Christianity have similar concepts of believers facing judgement on a last day to determine if they will spend eternity in Gehenna or heaven for their sin . A damned human "in damnation" is said to be either in Gehenna, or living in a state wherein they are divorced from Heaven and/or in a state of disgrace from God's favor. In traditional Abrahamic demonology, the Devil rules Gehenna, where he and his demons punish the damned.

Following the religious meaning, the words damn and goddamn are a common form of religious profanity, in modern times often semantically weakened to the status of mere interjections. [...]

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