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Old May 25, '13, 5:17 pm
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Oh my gravy. Yeah...
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Oh my gravy. Yeah...
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Old May 25, '13, 8:25 pm
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When I was going to a non-denominational Protestant school, they told us that we couldn't use the phrase "oh my goodness", because all goodness in the world came from God. We also weren't allowed to say "rats!", our favorite frustrated expression at the time.

My brother started saying "what the mad cow disease?!" Purely for shock value, but the other kids thought it was hilarious.

Nowadays I usually end up saying "burn the earth!" when I'm really mad about something. I don't really know why, but it communicates what I'm feeling without offending much of anybody.

I've also taken to stringing together nonsense from basic japanese syllables, but I try not to do that when other people are around. >.>
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Old May 25, '13, 11:10 pm
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Ones that sound good with an English accent:

- Blimey!
- Cor!
- Crikey!
- What the deuce?*
- I say!*
- Rot!*
- Blast!*
- Zounds!*

NB. The ones with the asterisk (*) sound better if you say them like Ronald Colman.

Interjections used by famous characters:

- "Shazbot!" (Mork)
- "Felgercarb!" (Battlestar Galactica crew)
- "Jinkies!" (Velma from "Scooby Doo")
- "Zoinks!" (Shaggy, ditto)
- "Oh, guru!" (pronouced "gur-ROO") (Mr Dressup)
- "Heavens to Murgatroyd!" (Snagglepuss)
- "Ho-gaaan!" (Col Klink)
- "Son-of-a-b'-b'-b'-'-er-son-of-a-b'-b'-b'-gun!" (Porky Pig)
- "D'oh!" (Homer Simpson)
- "Oh my stars!" (Wiggy, "The Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show")
- "Holy moley!" (Captain Marvel)
- "Rao!" (Superman. A good one because it rhymes with "Ow!")
- "Oooooooooh!" (Yosemite Sam)
- "KHAAAAAAAN!" (Captain Kirk)
- "Horse hockey!" (Col. Potter)
- "Oh, SMURF!" (Smurfs)
- "Wankel rotary engine!" (Monty Python)

Self-aware euphemisms:

- Curses! (Snidely Whiplash)
- Expletive deleted! (Richard Nixon -- sort of)
- Grawlixes! (technical term for the symbols used to show swearing in a comic)

And just because I was reminded of it, my favourite curse ever placed on someone:

"May the curse of Molly Malone and her nine orphan children chase you so far over the hills and dales that God Almighty couldn't find you with a radio telescope!"
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Old May 25, '13, 11:15 pm
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Ones that sound good with an English accent:

- Blimey!
- Cor!
- Crikey!
- What the deuce?*
- I say!*
- Rot!*
- Blast!*
- Zounds!*

NB. The ones with the asterisk (*) sound better if you say them like Ronald Colman.

Interjections used by famous characters:

- "Shazbot!" (Mork)
- "Felgercarb!" (Battlestar Galactica crew)
- "Jinkies!" (Velma from "Scooby Doo")
- "Zoinks!" (Shaggy, ditto)
- "Oh, guru!" (pronouced "gur-ROO") (Mr Dressup)
- "Heavens to Murgatroyd!" (Snagglepuss)
- "Ho-gaaan!" (Col Klink)
- "Son-of-a-b'-b'-b'-'-er-son-of-a-b'-b'-b'-gun!" (Porky Pig)
- "D'oh!" (Homer Simpson)
- "Oh my stars!" (Wiggy, "The Pebbles and Bam-Bam Show")
- "Holy moley!" (Captain Marvel)
- "Rao!" (Superman. A good one because it rhymes with "Ow!")
- "Oooooooooh!" (Yosemite Sam)
- "KHAAAAAAAN!" (Captain Kirk)
- "Horse hockey!" (Col. Potter)
- "Oh, SMURF!" (Smurfs)
- "Wankel rotary engine!" (Monty Python)

Self-aware euphemisms:

- Curses! (Snidely Whiplash)
- Expletive deleted! (Richard Nixon -- sort of)
- Grawlixes! (technical term for the symbols used to show swearing in a comic)

And just because I was reminded of it, my favourite curse ever placed on someone:

"May the curse of Molly Malone and her nine orphan children chase you so far over the hills and dales that God Almighty couldn't find you with a radio telescope!"
Greetings, Mr Fish, glad to see you've been "reborn" ... thanks for a very funny post!
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I'm fond of "Heavens to Murgatroid!"
haha. My grandmother says that. lol.
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I remember a friend of mine who used to say, "OH, rotten tomatoes!"
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Ones that sound good with an English accent:

- Blimey!
- Cor!
- Crikey!
- What the deuce?*
- I say!*
- Rot!*
- Blast!*
- Zounds!*
Most of these are minced oaths for something which was originally blasphemous. "Cor, blimey" is from "God, blind me!" and "Zounds" means "God's wounds". So be careful in using these as IMHO a minced oath is no better than the original one it represents. You cannot mitigate blasphemy by cloaking it in seemingly innocuous terms.
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Ones that sound good with an English accent:

*snip*
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Greetings, Mr Fish, glad to see you've been "reborn" ... thanks for a very funny post!
I second that emotion.
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There is something satisfying about cussing like a kindergarten teacher. It's creative and unexpected.
Whenever someone says that teaching is "easy", I remind them that, as a teacher:

1. You are surrounded by 15-30 kids the entire day.

2. Their primary motivation in life is aggravating you as much as they possibly can.

and,

3. A single slip of the tongue can land you in loads of trouble.

Dwell on that for a few minutes and tell me it's "easy."
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When I was going to a non-denominational Protestant school, they told us that we couldn't use the phrase "oh my goodness", because all goodness in the world came from God. We also weren't allowed to say "rats!", our favorite frustrated expression at the time.

(...)
What was wrong with "rats"?
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Whenever someone says that teaching is "easy", I remind them that, as a teacher:

1. You are surrounded by 15-30 kids the entire day.

2. Their primary motivation in life is aggravating you as much as they possibly can.

and,

3. A single slip of the tongue can land you in loads of trouble.

Dwell on that for a few minutes and tell me it's "easy."
Knew it! In college I started out in elementary ed but changed my mind. I wasn't convinced that the little darlings wouldn't turn on me at some point, sink my teaching career and I'd end up working in a prison.
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I've thought about the subject and decided that a substitute is still a reference to the same, no matter that a different word is used. I'm not saying this to question the idea of using a substitute as a step on the road to dropping the habit altogether (which I'm not calling good, either), but I think that if you have the degree of control to change the phrase, then you have the degree of control not to utter it at all. So don't. I'm lousy beyond belief when it comes to discipline, but I managed to.
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I don't know that I could use this in front of certain friends because I think they would be asking me if I was okay (because I have a bad back, yadda yadda yadda) before they realized I was just expressing dismay at something.
Yes, I believe you're right. It was said when someone did something that didn't go right or was a disappointment.
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What was wrong with "rats"?
I still don't know. I think they were against the use of "expletives" of any kind, regardless of the actual word.
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