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(NSFW) What are some good phrases or words used to express surprise, anger and such?

Asked by Symbeline (30483 points ) June 7th, 2011

Stuff that isn’t modern swearing, mostly. Funny coming from me, huh? XD
But I’m looking for interesting or funny things that people say, or have said in past cultures, that may have been the equivalent of swearing today. I know a few of them, but I’m unsure if some of these were actually used or not. Material for the present time may also be used, if it isn’t something very common.

Examples are; ’‘Zounds!’’ ’‘What in tarnations?’’ ’‘Fiddlesticks!’’ ’‘Egads!’’ ’‘What the Devil?’’ ’‘Curses!’’ ’‘Damnation!’’

I’m not really interested in modern cute slang like, omigosh or what the heck, but rather, rare, unused expressions past and present. If you have some history of the expression and how it came to be, that would be interesting to learn. Hopefully the examples I gave help, but as I say, I’m not familiar with the history of these words, or if they were even used or not. Everyday swearing is also acceptable, as long as it isn’t something we all hear every day, like ’‘fuck sakes’’.
Also, offhanded, if you know the history of popular cuss words, feel free to instruct me. For example, I heard that the word ’‘fuck’’ originates from ’‘bugger’’, (or rather, the Hungarian version thereof) which means pretty much the same as it does now. But then again, I’ve heard many variations of its history, (as it originally being a German word) so I denno…So, what you got for me?

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Michael_Huntington's avatar

Flip! What the zip?

morphail's avatar

The origin of fuck is uncertain, but it is probably Germanic, and cognate with for instance German “ficken”.

Symbeline's avatar

@morphail Wow…that is some fine reading right there. Very interesting, thanks.

tom_g's avatar

“What in the dickens?” or “What the dickens?”

mrrich724's avatar

Fuckin’ A . . .

aprilsimnel's avatar

Dadburnit!
Shoot!
Strewth! (British)
Aw, fer the love of Mike!

Symbeline's avatar

@mrrich724 Fuckin A is a complete classic. :p

Strewth? Really? Cool lol.

TexasDude's avatar

Shitting dick nipples!

Symbeline's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard I hope no anime fans are around if I ever shout that out…XD

Symbeline's avatar

@everephebe Lol nice. But haha what is this? I totally want to see this movie. That girl is complete awesome. :D

everephebe's avatar

It’s from Little Women, which I’m currently reading for a LIT class. This is the old Katharine Hepburn version.

AshlynM's avatar

Bloody hell.
Christ on a stick.
Drat.
For Pete’s sake.
Dang nab it.
Good gracious.
Blimey.
Jimmy Crickets.
Holy Mackerel.
Oy vey.
Mother tucker.
Yikes.
Slap me silly and call me Sally.
Crap.
For crying out loud.
Consarnit.

Symbeline's avatar

@everephebe Looks like a cool movie.

@AshlynM Nice. I’ve heard a lot of those, but never mother trucker. Neat haha. And yeah, bloody hell, classic. ^^

Plucky's avatar

Gadzooks!
Good golly!
Heavens to Betsy!
Bollocks!
Poppycock!
Merciful-mudder!
Horsefeathers!
Blighter!
Uphill Gardener!
Sodomite!
Wazzock!
Great horny toads!
Coot!
Snakes alive!
Lickfinger!
Whoremonger!
Scalawag!

MilkyWay's avatar

Poppycock.
Bloomin ‘ell.

mazingerz88's avatar

You sissy puss!
You nerfherder! ( from Star Wars? )
You piss ant!
You heathen!
You infidel!
You nincompoop!
You spitlicker!
You rapscallion you!
You, you, you NSFW you!!!

MilkyWay's avatar

@mazingerz88 LOL! nincompoop!

Symbeline's avatar

Nincompoop, yeah I like that one. But what the hell’s the meaning behind that lol? I saw it in Calvin and Hobbes.

everephebe's avatar

In Impromptu George Sand is constantly shouting “Balls!”

marinelife's avatar

Fie!
Zounds! (short for God’s wounds)
A pox upon thee!
Sirrah!

filmfann's avatar

Hunter S. Thompson used to use “Creeping Jesus!” I am ashamed to say I find that amusing.

I also love “Well bend me over and call me Sally!”

Blueroses's avatar

I like Criminy! And I use it often… criminy sakes! Criminy jeepers! Even Criminy Fuck!!

aprilsimnel's avatar

Jiminy cricket!

Coloma's avatar

The f—k you say!

One a freind of mine said once upon a time, cracked me up!

bob_'s avatar

Fuckity fuck!

Kardamom's avatar

Confound it!
Dagnabit!
Ding dang it!
Great balls of fire!
Great Beelzebub!
Crud!
Crikey!
Humbug!
Cripes!
Fer chrissakes!
Fer cripes sake!
Oh fudge!
Jeez Louise!
Balls said the Queen, Two more and I’d be King!
Flip!
Flippin’ A!
Fud Pucker!’
Blasted!
Well shoot!
Yer a nose pickin’, toe smellin’ , butt lickin’ mo-fo!
Ninny!
Dumkopf!
Nimrod!
Wanker!
Blimey!
Doo doo head!
Gawl Dang!
Shite!
Your grandmother smells of elderberry!
Your mother wears army boots!
Yo Mama!
Bloody Cur!
Scum sucker!
Cretin!
Mouth breather!
Fer cryin’ a bucket!
Yer yella!
Yer lilly livered!
Yer a dog kissin’, frog licking some bitch!
Well dip me in shit and roll me in granola!

DominicX's avatar

The one that came to my mind right away is “By Lucifer’s beard!”

ucme's avatar

“She’s a yeasty swag-bellied strumpet that Mary Hinge, as I live & breath!”
Queen Victoria speaking of her hatred for the village whore & if you believe that…... ;¬}

Stinley's avatar

Cheese-o
Feck

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

farging icehole
corksucker

Symbeline's avatar

By Lucifer’s Beard, I love that lol.

Also @Kardamom nice list. Elderberry lol.

Ladymia69's avatar

I like to say that “______ just chaps my ass!” or “That just makes me want to skullfuck Jesus!”

Sorry to those who find that offensive…it is purely a joke. And it really did fly out of my mouth without much thought a few years ago. So send me to hell.

Symbeline's avatar

I’m always a fan of the term ’‘skullfuck’’ lol.

graynett's avatar

Don’,t come the raw prawn with me mate! When it come to going poq. Siphon the python. while you point Percy at the porcelain. “Gorn Cut me legs of n call me shorty”

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