You might have heard this expression when someone is about to say something vulgar or profane, or to utter a curse, as a means of warning others about the intention so that people would not be surprised or offended once it has been said. But how did this expression actually come about?
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The phrase “Pardon my French” or “Excuse my French” is used after cursing, as a feeble attempt to disguise it as being a French word. It is often used to excuse yourself when there is someone visibly offended by your use of profanity. It can also be used right before you curse, as a warning to those who are part of the conversation.
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