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  • August 15th, 2009 | 10:44 AM
word help - how to swear without swearing

I'm looking for some colorful, possibly dumb and dorky, words and phrases that would substitute for swearing for a character.

Anyone?


Decided to update this post with the list so far from here and Facebook.. These are GREAT! Thank you everyone. Keep them coming.


schucks, fudge, fiddlesticks, sonofagun

Granny used to say Hoover Dam! Horse poop, fish hooks and geewillikers are others that come to

horse hockey, darn, darn-it-all, giminy/jeeminy

Sugar the cat! Sweet biscuits!

Judas Priest, Sun of a Pup

FIRETRUCK

Cripes! Jiminy Cricket! Shut the front door! Freakin'! Zoinks! Jinkies! (those are from the Scooby-Doo oeuvre.) Crikey! Crappity doo-dah! Heckuva, sweet jeehosefat, darned, bull-shucks. Holy shoot!

Fewmets (Basically, they're dragon droppings. Can't get much dorkier than that. ;)

My personal favorite (also in the dorky category, but in more of a Clark Kent way) is "Heavens to Betsy!"

Fudge
Sugar
Jeepers Christmas

"Dang it" is a popular one. "Shoot". "Darn it"
"Jumpin' Jiminy Christmas!" - this is one that I've only heard south of the Ohio River. Not sure how wide spread it is.

Hol(e)y Buckets!

My grandma used to say "Shoot far fuzzy" or "dadgummit" or "well....foot"!

Guber

Fudge.
Frick.
Fadoodle. (Usually "I don't give a flying fadoodle.")

Shut the front door! - instead of Shut the f*** up!

"Cahn-sarn-it" and to steal one from Daffy Duck - "Razza-frazza".

Oh, applesauce has been a fav lately. But for the BEST ever swearing without swearing, watch Ned Flanders on The Simpsons.

I've taken to saying "Mother biscuit!" lately. No, I have no idea where that came from.
"Rassumfrassum" is another popular one with me.

Colonel Potter (M*A*S*H) always used to say "horse hockey" with great conviction. He also used buffalo bagels and cow cookies.

A friend of mine is quite fond of holy guacamole.

My grandmother always said, "BS" followed by, "That means Brown Sugar."

Ratzafrazz is another one. This one I used to avoid being grounded.
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coppervale
August 15th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
"Fewmets".

Basically, they're dragon droppings. Can't get much dorkier than that. ;)
susanwrites
August 15th, 2009 05:55 pm (UTC)
LOL...okay so now you went and gave me an idea for the other book, the one I'm NOT supposed to be working on. I'm making a note.

Thanks.
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rumphius
August 15th, 2009 08:16 pm (UTC)
Here are the ones I use because they sound sort-of like the bad ones.
Fudge
Sugar
Jeepers Christmas

Good luck with this!
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:58 am (UTC)
Fudge and Sugar...yes! I'd forgotten. Thanks.
cat_mcdougall
August 15th, 2009 08:19 pm (UTC)
"Dang it" is a popular one. "Shoot". "Darn it"

"Jumpin' Jiminy Christmas!" - this is one that I've only heard south of the Ohio River. Not sure how wide spread it is.
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 04:03 am (UTC)
Love that last one! Thanks.
akamarykate
August 15th, 2009 08:54 pm (UTC)
Hol(e)y Buckets!
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
I like that one. Thanks!
(Anonymous)
August 15th, 2009 10:36 pm (UTC)
My grandma used to say "Shoot far fuzzy" or "dadgummit" or "well....foot"!
(Anonymous)
August 15th, 2009 10:44 pm (UTC)
Guber, dooby said with conviction of course and thzt way these words can mean anything and it is up to the person reading it what interpretation they put on them
Just a thought as always (they don't computer in the spell check so that is a start

Anne McKenna
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 04:01 am (UTC)
Good ones, Anne. Thanks.
beckylevine
August 15th, 2009 11:26 pm (UTC)
Trying to dig into son's brain for you. So far he's just told me to point you to the Wikipedia page of Klingon invectives.

Fudge.
Frick.
Fadoodle. (Usually "I don't give a flying fadoodle.")

That's off the top of his head. If he comes up with any more, I'll let you know. :)
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 04:02 am (UTC)
LOL. Frick and Frack. Yes. Thanks.
aprilhenry
August 15th, 2009 11:36 pm (UTC)
Shut the front door! - instead of Shut the f*** up!
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:39 am (UTC)
Good one. Thanks!
absolut_jmo
August 16th, 2009 12:43 am (UTC)
"Cahn-sarn-it" and to steal one from Daffy Duck - "Razza-frazza".
marperez
August 16th, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
Oh, applesauce has been a fav lately. But for the BEST ever swearing without swearing, watch Ned Flanders on The Simpsons.

Mar
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:12 am (UTC)
Applesauce is a good one. Ack...forgot about Ned!Thanks for the reminder.
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kateshort
August 16th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
I've taken to saying "Mother biscuit!" lately. No, I have no idea where that came from.

"Rassumfrassum" is another popular one with me.
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:11 am (UTC)
LOVE Mother biscuit! thanks!
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rumphius
August 16th, 2009 11:34 am (UTC)
Colonel Potter (M*A*S*H) always used to say "horse hockey" with great conviction. He also used buffalo bagels and cow cookies.

A friend of mine is quite fond of holy guacamole.

What a fun list so far!
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, Colonel Potter! Thanks. I just updated the entry with all the phrases from here and Facebook. It's been fun seeing what people have come up with. Plus it did just what I had hoped, sparked a few creations of my own for my character.
sealy38
August 16th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
My grandmother always said, "BS" followed by, "That means Brown Sugar."

Ratzafrazz is another one. This one I used to avoid being grounded.
susanwrites
August 16th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
I keep trying to say Ratzafrazz but I stumbled over it. Guess I would be grounded. LOL Thanks.
(Anonymous)
August 16th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
Creative swearing
Jake used to say "Snicklefritz" at school all the time, especially when he was frustrated. He was being tested for some special needs at the time, and the school was very concerned.

"He keeps repeating nonsense words over and over," they said. "We're worried that maybe he's autistic."

So I called Jake over to talk and asked him what it was all about and why he said that word all the time.

"Well, if I swear I'll be in trouble. So I just made up some nonsense words and I can "swear" all I want without actually "swearing" and getting in trouble."

Oh, I laughed about that one.
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
Re: Creative swearing
What a great story! Thank you.
poetphoenix
August 16th, 2009 05:12 pm (UTC)
Cussing
Pish Poss Piddly Pooh

And the reason I say it is that you can't hardly do it w/o smiling (almost).

And in homage to the new Battlestar:

Fricky frack!

And thanks to a movie called "The Gathering":

God's Teeth!
poetphoenix
August 16th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)
Re: Cussing
(sorry! That should be Pish POSH Piddly Pooh)

And I forgot one I've said most of my adult life (and that's a looong time):

Geez Louise!
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acoppedge
August 16th, 2009 06:16 pm (UTC)
In Mystery of the Third Lucretia the two main characters come up with the word "meep" as a made-up curse word the two of them say. It's always funny when they say it. :) Maybe something along those lines . . .
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)
Meep makes me giggle. Yes, I think I'll be trying to make up some words of my own.
wordsrmylife
August 16th, 2009 07:19 pm (UTC)
In addition to horse hockey, see horse pucky. Also criminy.
Double-darn.

Jumpin' Jehospehat.
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
All good ones, thank you. Double-darn I used to say a lot.
(Anonymous)
August 16th, 2009 07:33 pm (UTC)
Not using curse words
These are great for the younger stories, but teens would never say, "Darn," so I still feel trapped at times. One thing a teen would say that isn't so uncomfortable for me to write is "f-ing." You're not really cussing but the message is understood.
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Re: Not using curse words
Well I'm not thinking for a kid in the book...I'm looking for an adult.
(Anonymous)
August 16th, 2009 10:13 pm (UTC)
The office manager at my last job used to tell malfunctioning machines "C'mon, you piece of shoe leather." Her four-year-old daughter picked it up. I say "Criminetly, dadgum, razzerfrazzershnazzerfrazzer, dagnab it."

SF shows sometimes invent euphemisms. The only ones I can think of that have been adopted by anybody are old Battlestar Gallactica's "frack" and the immortal but short-lived Firefly's "gorram."

Dont forget ethnic backgrounds. Donnervetter! Oy gevalt!

In the brilliant comic PS238, the five-year-old genius with world-conquering ambitions, Zodon, is confined to a float chair which school officials (after intense consultation with his parents and the ACLU) have rigged to override his vocal chords. He can say whatever he wants, but instead of certain words and phrases disruptive to school discipline, his audience will hear innocuous random words; e.g.: when a bully threatens to look for him on the playground, he responds "Yeah, I'll look for your sloping skull, you geranium." When he really lets rip, he starts singing show tunes.
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:32 am (UTC)
Thank you.
solvangsherrie
August 17th, 2009 02:07 am (UTC)
Everyone calls my husband's father Buck so we often say "Son of a Buck!" and laugh =)
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
"son of a Buck" is good! hahaha
p_sunshine
August 17th, 2009 04:16 pm (UTC)
My friend actually says "Curses!" when she's angry. I cracked up the first time I heard it and the reactions she gets to it when she's out in public are pretty funny. Usually a double-take or a raised eyebrow.
susanwrites
August 19th, 2009 02:33 am (UTC)
very funny. Thanks!
(Anonymous)
November 12th, 2009 12:54 am (UTC)
i'm 16 and normally curse when i hurt myself or get killed in a game haha i normaly say the "F" word. But, when my nefue is around i replace Fu*k with "chuff" for example:
*Stubbs Toe*
" OWWWWWW, Chuffin 'ell! "

haha and instead of Sh*t just plain and simple "poo or poop" haha... have fun
(Anonymous)
December 2nd, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Loop-hole to saying sh**
Sugar
Honey
Iced
Tea
(Anonymous)
January 24th, 2010 01:55 am (UTC)
These are a few I like using (in public)

Jeep and Chrysler! Spanish Meatballs!

Flim-Flam! Holly Tostitos!

Sheep Dip! Magic Marker!

ah Baloney! You Doughnut Hole!

Go Play in Traffic! Mack the Knife!
(Anonymous)
February 2nd, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
How to Swear
When my Grandpa got mad at someone, he'd call them a "dirty, lowdown hom-yocker". BTW, I found your post by doing a google search on how to swear without swearing. I swear! ;) SuZB

(Anonymous)
February 17th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
Re: How to Swear
me too!
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