LINGUISTICS & CULTURE
|Data:||10/OUT/2005 4:40 PM|
In England "to tell someone off" is not really associated with "swearing". So much so that over there kids are very often told off by their parents for swearing.
There's another expression very used there that means "to tell someone off very severely" (informal and impolite, though) which is "to give sb a bollocking.":
My dad gave me a real bollocking for crashing his car.
Bollocking comes from "bollocks" (another word very used in BrE, although not polite at all)
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