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cheekyme
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 8:57:07 AM
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Is shoddy a swear word?

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Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 9:04:21 AM

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No.

As a noun, it is archaic in normal English (I think it may have specialist uses in the fabrics trade).

As an adjective, it is fairly common.

shoddy adj,
1. imitating something of better quality
2. of poor quality; trashy
3. made of shoddy material
shoddy noun,
4. (Textiles) a yarn or fabric made from wool waste or clippings
5. anything of inferior quality that is designed to simulate superior quality

Collins English Dictionary

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
cheekyme
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 9:23:52 AM
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Thank you.

I had checked the dictionary, and thought it was one of those words just used in spoken English only. Perhaps, what I hear (quite often) merely sounds similar? It's something they say when they are angry or annoyed, and not very happy with the job they are supposed to do.

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thar
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 9:38:29 AM

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It is colloquial, but not slang and certainly not rude. It is about the standard of the work someone else has done.


You hire a bad builder - they do shoddy work - not good quality work.
A more official word would be 'poor quality' or 'substandard'.

If it about work you don't want to do because it is no fun, then what you are hearing is probably 'shitty'.
That is certainly slang, and mildly offensive.
cheekyme
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 10:32:31 AM
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It definitely did not sound like "shitty", and almost 100% like "shoddy", but perhaps that's what they meant; just were trying not to sound too rude.

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Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 10:58:03 AM

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Possibly what you heard was "shabby."
Romany
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 11:34:05 AM
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I imagine what you're hearing is "sodding". People also tell people to "sod off". When exasperated they say "Sod it". When spoken with certain kinds of accents - especially a London, glottal accent, it could sound like what your hearing.

And no - it isn't a swear word either.
Sarrriesfan
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 11:35:54 AM

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It may aslo have been shonky.

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/shonky

Quote:

1. of dubious integrity or legality
2. unreliable; unsound.


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NKM
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 6:34:21 PM

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I've heard "sodding" a few times, but to my knowledge it's not used in American English.

And "shonky" is totally new to me.

tunaafi
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 6:51:46 PM

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cheekyme wrote:
T It's something they say when they are angry or annoyed, and not very happy with the job they are supposed to do.


Sod it?
almo 1
Posted: Sunday, November 5, 2017 7:32:41 PM
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"shitty"

That must be it!










thar wrote:
It is colloquial, but not slang and certainly not rude. It is about the standard of the work someone else has done.


You hire a bad builder - they do shoddy work - not good quality work.
A more official word would be 'poor quality' or 'substandard'.

If it about work you don't want to do because it is no fun, then what you are hearing is probably 'shitty'.
That is certainly slang, and mildly offensive.


Romany
Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 1:42:02 PM
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Thar,
Cheekyme hears an "o" sound as in "shOddy" or "sOdding. The "i" sound in 'shIt' sounds nothing like that. And it would have been immediately obvious what the word was had it been that, I think?
cheekyme
Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 3:21:10 PM
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I did ask finally (with relief). It was shoddy. But! In no way it could represent the idea behind the use of it; at least to me. As the job was not “shoddy”, and they were paid to do it. Perhaps some sort of “silly talk”, I don’t know. My understanding was that the whole situation was shoddy, as they were very reluctant to work at all. It was shoddy because they had to work, strange though it may sound. I cannot think of any other explanation at the top of my head.

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Romany
Posted: Monday, November 6, 2017 3:46:25 PM
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( er..."off" the top of my head).

No, neither can I. But, you know, often groups of people that are together a lot - students, families, work-mates - often say things and use words they only ever use in that context and which don't mean much to everyone else. Maybe it's something like that?
almo 1
Posted: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 6:14:24 PM
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cheekyme wrote:
It definitely did not sound like "shitty", and almost 100% like "shoddy", but perhaps that's what they meant; just were trying not to sound too rude.








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