G*******t, I swear too f***ing much.
August 6, 2008 1:40 PM Subscribe
I swear. I have children. This is not a good combination. Please suggest alternatives to expletives.
posted by MonkeyToes to Writing & Language (124 answers total) 48 users marked this as a favorite
My temper is entirely verbal. I would never do anything aggressive on the road but I do sit in my car and swear at people who cut me off, tailgate, etc.
My little boy, aka The Sponge, sits in the back seat (as does the baby) and picks up on EVERYTHING I say. Earlier this week, we were in the middle of a game of Candyland when he dropped the f-bomb. Ooops.
The thing is, I like swearing. I like the way it feels in my mouth, the force of it, the liberating feeling. I have to break the habit, though, so I'm looking for phrases that aren't expletives but have the same feel and emphases as swear words, along the lines of W.C. Fields's "Godfrey Daniel!" Something that will let me get the angry impulse out of my system but that can be repeated by a little boy without getting him in trouble.
HiveMind, help me change my ways--before the baby starts talking blue too.