'Ain't being cocky.' and 'come over' are vulgar expression?

bonbon2023

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Korean(south)
Hello people around the world?:)
1.When I listened to music I heard the sentence 'Ain't being cocky.' But it seems quite informal or vulgar.
If I want to soothe the tone, Does the sentence become acceptable if I change 'Ain't being cocky' into 'I'm not being condescending.'?

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  • Hau Ruck

    Senior Member
    English - U.S.
    I am fairly certain that "cocky" refers to a rooster (cock) and it's bravado, bonbon2023. Cock is a vulgar word when used in a sexual manner; however, "cocky" is never a vulgar usage. "Cocky" is more of a demeanor and attitude.

    Cock = vulgar way to refer to male genitalia.

    Cock = another name for a rooster.
    Cocky = overly self-assertive or self-confident.
    A rooster is a very brash and overly confident animal. A person is said to act "cocky" when they act the same way.

    I would suggest using either arrogant[COLOR=#0], brash, or egotistical,[/COLOR] in lieu of cocky.
     

    Copperknickers

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    Scotland - Scots and English
    The sentence is perfectly acceptable as it is. Cocky is slightly informal, but in no possible way is it vulgar. It is just somewhat pejorative when describing someone else, but to say 'I am not being cocky' is fine in a song.
     
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