Cosmo Kramer was (at least briefly) Master Of His Domain.  The Rock is unusually proud of his Strudel.  As for Ted Mosby and Marshall Eriksen, their youthful smoking indescretions were Eating A Sandwich.  When it comes to language, there is a tendency to avoid speaking of adult, unpleasant or downright filthy subject matter by using a euphemism, hiding behind the Battlestar Galactica ‘frak,’ the Farscape ‘frell’ or the Legion of Super-Heroes ‘sprock,’ making me wonder why our sci-fi heroes are such potty-mouths.  I still laugh thinking of the episode of ‘Victorious’ (Yes, I watched Victorious, try not to hurt yourself giggling) where someone yelled “What the hairballs?”, leading to today’s Belgium query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) is still stunned to find that Rachel Greene’s admission of “going commando” in a long-ago episode of ‘Friends’ is still part of the lexicon, asking: What’s the most entertaining pop culture-derived euphemism?

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Matthew Peterson

Matthew Peterson

Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture!

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  1. November 27, 2016 at 1:10 pm — Reply

    This is hard, I use a ton of fictional swears, most prominently those from the old Star Wars Expanded Universe, and more often than not those from Mandalorian stories (doesn’t hurt that I’m also building a custom armor costume to join the Mandalorian Mercenaries Costume Club). I use “shebs” (backside), “chakaar” (an insult that basically calls someone useless and unintelligent) and “shabuir” (something close to the phrase often uttered by Samuel L. Jackson’s characters referencing a certain adult activity with female parental units) fairly often.

    But Farscape’s “frell” and the variations of it have to be my favorite.

  2. November 27, 2016 at 1:12 pm — Reply

    I guess “nerfherder” counts as one of the best and well known.

  3. Matt Clarke
    November 27, 2016 at 2:21 pm — Reply

    Isn’t frack a good one, from battlestar galacitca?

  4. Daniel Langsdale
    November 27, 2016 at 3:41 pm — Reply

    “I’ll be in my bunk.”
    -Jayne Cobb, Firefly

  5. DamienR
    November 28, 2016 at 7:18 am — Reply

    I’ve always been partial to “Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more, squire.”

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