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13th Mar '17 11:56:10 AM intastiel
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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Seivarden -- who spent a millennium as a HumanPopsicle -- uses "[[OhMyGods Varden]]'s suppurating cuticles" in a moment of duress, gets a laugh for using language [[LampshadeHanging straight out of a historical drama]], and is quite scandalized to think that such appalling language would be used lightly in theatre.

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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Seivarden -- who spent a millennium as a HumanPopsicle and has some very antiquated mannerisms -- uses "[[OhMyGods Varden]]'s suppurating cuticles" in a moment of duress, stress, gets a laugh for using language [[LampshadeHanging straight out of a historical drama]], and is quite scandalized to think hear that such appalling language would be is used lightly in modern-day theatre.
9th Mar '17 10:13:16 PM intastiel
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* In the ''[[Literature/AncillaryJustice Imperial Radch]]'' series, Seivarden -- who spent a millennium as a HumanPopsicle -- uses "[[OhMyGods Varden]]'s suppurating cuticles" in a moment of duress, gets a laugh for using language [[LampshadeHanging straight out of a historical drama]], and is quite scandalized to think that such appalling language would be used lightly in theatre.
6th Mar '17 7:07:32 PM nombretomado
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* The original (stage) version of ''Room Service'' is about the production of a play called ''Godspeed'', and a RunningGag has every character's departure from the stage marked with "Godspeed!" But under the Hays Office, the word "God" could not be used except in a context of religious reverence; so for the 1938 MarxBrothers film version, the title (and the joke) was changed to ''Hail and Farewell''. Another character who routinely proclaims "God damn it" when he's frustrated says "Jumping butterballs" in the movie.

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* The original (stage) version of ''Room Service'' is about the production of a play called ''Godspeed'', and a RunningGag has every character's departure from the stage marked with "Godspeed!" But under the Hays Office, the word "God" could not be used except in a context of religious reverence; so for the 1938 MarxBrothers Creator/MarxBrothers film version, the title (and the joke) was changed to ''Hail and Farewell''. Another character who routinely proclaims "God damn it" when he's frustrated says "Jumping butterballs" in the movie.
20th Feb '17 12:53:09 AM bt8257
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In [[YeGoodeOldeDays the old days]], people [[NostalgiaFilter didn't swear like kids today swear]]. Or [[HollywoodHistory so we are led to believe]], as elders caught in a rage will scream or mutter curses that can [[AntiquatedLinguistics best be described as antiquated]].

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In [[YeGoodeOldeDays the old days]], people [[NostalgiaFilter didn't swear like kids today swear]].do today]]. Or [[HollywoodHistory so we are led to believe]], as elders caught in a rage will scream or mutter curses that can [[AntiquatedLinguistics best be described as antiquated]].
26th Jan '17 7:11:37 PM PaulA
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* In the Creator/IsaacAsimov ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, one character substitutes some soul-soothing cussing with the word "unprintable".
** The same character had a tendency to shout "Galaxy!" when irritated, but it's left unclear whether that's considered a strong oath in that setting or not.
** Very Asimov. The short story "C-Chute" has this as well, with the simple note that the character's reply "was unprintable."
** Asimov's characters followed the pre-1970s convention of using "unprintable" as signifying "not suitable for mixed company". In the novel of ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' the hero speculates that CMDF, the insigne of the paramilitary organization, might stand for "Consolidated Martian Dimwits and Fools", and adds, "I've got a better one than that but it's unprintable" -- and he's ''not'' in mixed company.
*** In those days, certain language was literally unprintable--at least, it wouldn't be printed in any respectable publication. No publisher would risk prosecution for indecency and/or confiscation of a work when that work wasn't inherently indecent, so adjustments were made at the margins.

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
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In the Creator/IsaacAsimov ''Literature/{{Foundation}}'' series, one character substitutes some soul-soothing cussing with the word "unprintable".
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"unprintable". The same character had a tendency to shout "Galaxy!" when irritated, but it's left unclear whether that's considered a strong oath in that setting or not.
** Very Asimov. The short story "C-Chute" has this as well, with the simple note that the character's reply "was unprintable."
** Asimov's characters followed the pre-1970s convention of using "unprintable" as signifying "not suitable for mixed company". In the novel of ''Film/FantasticVoyage'' the hero speculates that CMDF, the insigne of the paramilitary organization, might stand for "Consolidated Martian Dimwits and Fools", and adds, "I've got a better one than that but it's unprintable" -- and he's ''not'' in mixed company.
*** In those days, certain language was literally unprintable--at least, it wouldn't be printed in any respectable publication. No publisher would risk prosecution for indecency and/or confiscation of a work when that work wasn't inherently indecent, so adjustments were made at the margins.
unprintable".
27th Dec '16 11:03:36 PM scooter
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** In "The Five Doctors", the Pertwee Doctor starts tossing out old-fashions expostulations like "Jehoshaphat!" that one guide book said made him sound like Rhett Butler.

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** In "The Five Doctors", the Pertwee Doctor starts tossing out old-fashions old-fashioned expostulations like "Jehoshaphat!" that one guide book said made him sound like Rhett Butler.
27th Dec '16 11:02:14 PM scooter
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Ace was a [[{{Badbutt}} tough teenage delinquent]] who wasn't allowed to swear--her most virulent insult was "toerag". On more than one occasion she used "Gordon Bennett" as an oath, probably the '''only''' person born in the 1970s to do so unironically in fiction or real life. Of course, if Donna's use of 'frickin' is anything to go by, the TARDIS translation matrix may include a swear filter...
** Australian companion Tegan seems like someone who might curse a blue streak if caught off guard, but her swear word of choice is "Rabbits!" -- Which, at least, is not inappropriate for someone whose father is a farmer in Australia, where rabbits have historically been a major menace.

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Ace was a [[{{Badbutt}} tough teenage delinquent]] who wasn't allowed to swear--her swear (her most virulent insult was "toerag"."toerag"). On more than one occasion she used "Gordon Bennett" as an oath, probably the '''only''' person born in the 1970s to do so unironically in fiction or real life. Of course, if Donna's use of 'frickin' is anything to go by, the TARDIS translation matrix may include a swear filter...
** Australian companion Tegan seems like someone who might curse a blue streak if caught off guard, but her swear word of choice is "Rabbits!" -- Which, at least, is not inappropriate for someone whose father is a farmer in Australia, where rabbits have historically been a major menace.
filter...
27th Dec '16 10:58:24 PM scooter
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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Ace was a [[{{Badbutt}} tough teenage delinquent]] who wasn't allowed to swear. On more than one occasion she used "Gordon Bennett" as an oath, probably the '''only''' person born in the 1970s to do so unironically in fiction or real life. Of course, if Donna's use of 'frickin' is anything to go by, the TARDIS translation matrix may include a swear filter...

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* In ''Series/DoctorWho'', Ace was a [[{{Badbutt}} tough teenage delinquent]] who wasn't allowed to swear.swear--her most virulent insult was "toerag". On more than one occasion she used "Gordon Bennett" as an oath, probably the '''only''' person born in the 1970s to do so unironically in fiction or real life. Of course, if Donna's use of 'frickin' is anything to go by, the TARDIS translation matrix may include a swear filter...filter...
** Australian companion Tegan seems like someone who might curse a blue streak if caught off guard, but her swear word of choice is "Rabbits!" -- Which, at least, is not inappropriate for someone whose father is a farmer in Australia, where rabbits have historically been a major menace.
** In "The Five Doctors", the Pertwee Doctor starts tossing out old-fashions expostulations like "Jehoshaphat!" that one guide book said made him sound like Rhett Butler.
---> '''Third Doctor''' ''(alarmed on seeing the revolving timescoop heading for him out of the sky)'': "Great balls of fire!!"
17th Oct '16 11:49:32 AM Gizbit99
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** While attending an Pioneer Day festival, Grunkle Stan tells Dipper and Mabel not to use the old-timey speech the townfolk are using, leading to:
--> '''Dipper:''' There's a carpet-bagger in the turnip cellar!
--> '''Mabel:''' Well hornswoggle my haversack!
12th Oct '16 10:06:48 AM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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---> "In my day, TV stars weren't allowed to say 'booby', 'tushy', 'burp', 'fanny-burp', 'water closet', 'underpants', 'dingle-dangle', 'Boston marriage'[[note]]A 19th century term for two women cohabiting, with the implication of lesbian relationship.[[/note]], '[[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson LBJ]]', 'Titicaca', 'hot dog', ''or'' 'frontlumps'!"

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---> --> "In my day, TV stars weren't allowed to say 'booby', 'tushy', 'burp', 'fanny-burp', 'water closet', 'underpants', 'dingle-dangle', 'Boston marriage'[[note]]A 19th century term for two women cohabiting, with the implication of lesbian relationship.[[/note]], '[[UsefulNotes/LyndonJohnson LBJ]]', 'Titicaca', 'hot dog', ''or'' 'frontlumps'!"
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