I posted a story in the workshop today and got a bit of helpful feedback. In the story there is an exchange where a frustrated mother uses the phrase "...bloody well..." in an exchange with her 12 year old daughter who comes back with "Language!" I'm middle class-ish Aussie and if any of my pre-teen kids used the word "bloody" as an adjective I'd probably correct them although they have undoubtedly heard me use it occasionally (because double standards that's why - plus my mother in law would pass out if it happened in front of her). Even my own Mum, who is a highly educated middle class woman and can swear more creatively than anyone I know (farmyard poultry get involved often) would be shocked if my kids said "bloody". I know some people who use it as a comma though, and that's in polite company (around mates it's f**k and f**kin'). So - bloody - is it a swear word? Does it make sense that my MC's daughter is pointing out the use of the word? How regional is swearing? Do non-Aussies use "bloody"?