Cosmo Kramer was (at least briefly) Master Of His Domain.  Ralphie Parker didn’t say fudge.  As for Ted Mosby and Marshall Eriksen, their youthful smoking indiscretions 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 unpleasantness behind Battlestar Galactica’s ‘frak,’ Farscape’s ‘frell’ or a good ol’ Legion ‘sprock,’ making does raise the question of why our science fiction 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 quite amused to find that Rachel Greene’s admission of “going commando” in that long-ago episode of ‘Friends’ is still part of the lexicon, asking: What’s your favorite stand-in euphemism for those times when you didn’t say fudge?


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  1. I have fill-in’s for almost every adult word!
    “Fragglerock” instead of fudge
    But I also use “Schnickerdoodles” or “Schnikey”
    And the one that makes me sound so old “Dag blast it”
    I’m sure you can figure out what those are fill-ins for.

  2. I don’t really have many in English, I’m much more creative in my native Finnish, which is natural I guess. I got appropriate alternative for almost every bad word if needed to. Lately, I’ve been reading IDW Transformers books and they got few there that kinda stood out, most prominent being several variations including “scrap”.

  3. I use the Mandalorian swears “shebs” and “shab”, as well as another Star Wars “Legends” swear, “fierfek”. It REALLY helps that they start with the same sounds as certain real world swears, so if I’m off guard or injured and about to exclaim a real world swear, I can just easily shift it to one of those.

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