Did you know that swearingFluchenswearing can actually reduce a feeling of pain? Well, you do now. Whether you say “fuck” or “fiddlesticks (ifml.)Unsinn, Quatschfiddlesticks” in a moment of crisis will depend on your own sensibilities, as well as on those of the people within earshotHörweiteearshot. But will a minced oathdurch Verballhornung abgeschwächter Fluchminced oath like “fiddlesticks” provide as much reliefErleichterung, Trostrelief as a taboo word like “fuck”? See for yourself next time you to stubanstoßenstub your toe.
Below, we present words and expressions that are used as non-offensive substituteErsatzsubstitutes for swear words — so-called “minced oaths”. For example, in polite company or in front of children, someone might say “sugar” instead of “shit”.
|Swear words||Minced oaths|
|bastard||B, bar steward, basket, blighter (both UK)|
|bugger (UK)||B, beggar, blighter (UK), mugger|
|bullshit||baloney, bull pucky (N. Am.), phooey|
|fucking||chuffing, effing, fecking, flaming, flipping (all UK),
freaking (US), frigging, fruiting
|Fucking hell!||Flaming heck!, Flipping heck! (both UK)|
|Fuck off!||Eff off!, Naff off! (both UK), Go forth and multiply!|
|shit, shite||shoot, sugar|
|Shut the fuck up!||Shut the front door!|
|What the fuck?||What on earth?, What the dickens?,
What the French toast?