Creative Swearing 101 August 10, 2007Posted by davegoblog in Parenting, Pop Culture.
Being the parent of 6-year old and
11-month 9-month old daughters has led me to curb my use of profanity around the house. I don’t really swear much, but I do let the occasional curse slip from my mouth. To combat this, I’ve been relying on a tactic that my Dad’s mother (Nanny) employed. Although, I never recall her saying any of the Seven Filthy Words, I do remember Nanny frequently using “sugar” not as a sweetener. In honor of that, I have been saying “Sugar Plum Fairy” quite a bit. I must have seen the Nutcracker one too many times.
Another one I regularly use is a combination from two curses in pop culture. The first was taken from Battlestar Galactica (frak) while the second originated in Shaun of the Dead (f@ck-a-doodle-do). Put them together to get “frak-a-doodle-do” where most of the time I drop the last “do” from it. “Funky Pete” is one of the hilarious extras from the Shaun DVD that sanitizes it for television.
My oldest non-expletive comes from the Marvel comic book The ‘Nam, which chronicled the Vietnam War from a soldier’s perspective. I assume there’s a lot of swearing in war, but the writers of the comic addressed this with the word “Cripes.” Now, I see from searching online that it’s an alteration of “Christ.” So much for not swearing.