A few weeks back Blind Pig reader Dana Wall left the following comment:
“I am fairly new to this site. Have you posted slang “expletive” words and phrases? My grandmother, for example, would exclaim, “Oh, my land!” when surprised or doubtful. Neither she, nor any relative, used the Lord’s name in vain. She also varied the exclamation with “Land sakes,” and “Land sakes alive!” Sometimes, “gracious sakes.” My grandfather was the inventive one, however. I could go on.”
Dana’s comment got me to thinking about all the words we use in place of bad ones when we get mad or something doesn’t go our way. I used to babysit a little one who started saying a bad word he heard his Daddy say. I taught him to say fiddle sticks instead and pretty soon the girls were saying it too.
The list of words used in place of cuss words could go on forever. In addition to the ones Dana mentioned I’ve heard:
- My goodness
- My gracious
- Great day in the morning
- Oh my word
- By gosh
- Oh my foot
- Son of a gun
- Well I swear
- Curse it
- By ned
- By gum
- Dog Gone
- Confound it
When I was in high school I was spending the night with a friend and her mother overheard me say “confound it.”
She said “How old are you? I haven’t heard that since I was a little girl!”
I don’t really remember Granny or Pap saying “confound it” but I must have picked it up somewhere in my childhood.
Hope you’ll leave a comment with more slang expletive words. I know I’ve only mentioned a few.