Oh yes, this is definitely one of my swear words. I've always known what it means, that's why it's a swear word! Maybe it's more often used in Britain than Australia? It's quite often used in a slightly affectionate way as in "silly old bugger" meaning a bit of a grumpy sod rather than as someone who rapes animals....
I was slightly puzzled by the picture until I read your first line. That's not quite what I thought the word meant- I thought it was a synonym for "sodomy". And yes, I have been known to use it. The word has more or less lost its sting in Australia.
I was raised where this word was used to describe something that had gone wrong. I dropped the pot of cream "bugger", I forgot my purse "bugger" etc . It wasn't used aggressively or profanely however when I became aware of all meanings of what I thought was an innocuous word it disappeared from my vocabularly.
Yes to use, and yes I did know what the Old English meaning of the word is. But just the sound of the word when you say it is quite expressive and can alleviate the frustration caused by whatever mishap/booboo has occurred.
Revisiting this . . . I was wrong . . I do not have sod off on my door (had to look) . . it is naff off and it is directed at my loony neighbours. I actually don't think I use sod off at all, on reflection.
Yes, probably as "Oh Bugger it". I can't remember a time when it wasn't part of my lingo. Loved the car ad that used to be on where the sheep dog misses jumping in the back of the ute and says "Bugger."