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Informal FrustrationPlay
Expresses mild irritation without using stronger curses, suitable in casual situations. SlideDarn, I left my keys at home again!
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Softened ExpletivePlay
A polite alternative to 'damn', can be used around children or in public to avoid offense. SlideI can't believe we lost the game, darn it!
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Cultural AppropriatenessPlay
While common in North American English, 'darn' may not be understood or appreciated elsewhere. SlideHe was darn excited, but his British friends were confused by the word.