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Idiom "used a four letter word" #1 (permalink) Wed Jan 17, 2007 1:36 am   Idiom "used a four letter word"
 

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ESL/EFL Test #217 "American English Idioms", question 8

Tommy got into real trouble at school today. He used a four-letter word in the classroom. What is the meaning of 'used a four letter word?' .........

(a) pledged to be a good boy
(b) used bad language
(c) didn't keep his promise
(d) didn't follow his teacher's instructions

English Language Tests, Intermediate level

ESL/EFL Test #217 "American English Idioms", answer 8

Tommy got into real trouble at school today. He used a four-letter word in the classroom. What is the meaning of 'used a four letter word?' used bad language

Correct answer: (b) used bad language
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Please explain for me: used a four letter word!

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Four-letter words #2 (permalink) Wed Jan 17, 2007 9:50 am   Four-letter words
 

As already explained above, using a four-letter word means using bad language. This term applies to short swear words (blasphemous or obscene words used as a curse or to show annoyance), which usually have four letters.
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