Is there any merit to the Christian concept that "to damn" means effectively the same as "to dam," meaning "to stop" or "to cause a cessation of progress within." I think it should probably be a third definition, since people do say "that damned my chances of getting that job," etc. ~~ mrcolj
As you mentioned, to "dam" is to stop and to "damn" would be to condemn. Since they're two different words, I'm not sure why a third entry is necessary. --Kmplsv 23:12, 18 October 2010 (UTC)
Won't it be simpler at least to change all appearances of 'profane' to 'blasphemous'. Kayau 12:18, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
- "Profane" doesn't make the same kind of religious judgement; I think it's more neutral. Equinox ◑ 12:23, 3 December 2010 (UTC)
- But saying 'damn' isn't actually offensive, but the word 'profane' seems to give the idea that it is. OTOH, 'blasphemous' seems to be more appropriate because, well it is. I don't see why it is not neutral though. Kayau 08:13, 5 December 2010 (UTC)
what about when you use the word damn by itself like when you are looking at the opposite sex and you say, "damn" nodding your head up and down in approval?
- I think that's just the Adjective, it's hard to talk when lost for words though — eh?.