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10th Jun '16 1:56:15 AM Morgenthaler
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* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'', Ellie Arroway typically sticks to "Holy [[UnusualEuphemism Toledo!]]", but after the Very Large Array finally picks up on what looks like a genuine message from extraterrestrials, she takes a moment to retreat to her office, closes the door behind her, and whispers "Holy shit!"
* In ''TheGirlsGuideToHuntingAndFishing'', the main character works for an annoyingly put-together, professional, well-educated type, and mentions that all this makes hearing her Precision F Strikes like seeing a strong man cry.

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* In ''Film/{{Contact}}'', ''Literature/{{Contact}}'', Ellie Arroway typically sticks to "Holy [[UnusualEuphemism Toledo!]]", but after the Very Large Array finally picks up on what looks like a genuine message from extraterrestrials, she takes a moment to retreat to her office, closes the door behind her, and whispers "Holy shit!"
* In ''TheGirlsGuideToHuntingAndFishing'', ''Literature/TheGirlsGuideToHuntingAndFishing'', the main character works for an annoyingly put-together, professional, well-educated type, and mentions that all this makes hearing her Precision F Strikes like seeing a strong man cry.



* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]''. In a series full of OhMyGods and {{Unusual Euphemism}}s, when Kero starts her InsigniaRipOffRitual by declaring "I've never heard such a crock of shit in my life", it certainly grabs your attention.

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* Creator/MercedesLackey's ''[[HeraldsOfValdemar ''[[Literature/HeraldsOfValdemar By the Sword]]''. In a series full of OhMyGods and {{Unusual Euphemism}}s, when Kero starts her InsigniaRipOffRitual by declaring "I've never heard such a crock of shit in my life", it certainly grabs your attention.



* In one of the ''GarrettPI'' novels, Garrett is startled when his friend Morley says "Shit!", as Morley doesn't often use non-elven profanity. Circumstances, however, make it appropriate, as [[spoiler: a carnivorous dinosaur just stuck its head in the window of the coach they're sitting in]].

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* In one of the ''GarrettPI'' ''Literature/GarrettPI'' novels, Garrett is startled when his friend Morley says "Shit!", as Morley doesn't often use non-elven profanity. Circumstances, however, make it appropriate, as [[spoiler: a carnivorous dinosaur just stuck its head in the window of the coach they're sitting in]].



* In ''TheHandmaidsTale'': "My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it [[IKEAErotica the Commander is fucking. What he is fucking is the lower part of my body.]]"
* The only occurrence of a swear word stronger than "hell" or "damn" in TheBartimaeusTrilogy (and those were used pretty sparingly too) was when a minor character called Jane Faraar a bitch, which she takes as a compliment. (Fitting considering she's a werewolf, or at the very least, runs a team of werewolves.)

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* In ''TheHandmaidsTale'': ''Literature/TheHandmaidsTale'': "My red skirt is hitched up to my waist, though no higher. Below it [[IKEAErotica the Commander is fucking. What he is fucking is the lower part of my body.]]"
* The only occurrence of a swear word stronger than "hell" or "damn" in TheBartimaeusTrilogy Literature/TheBartimaeusTrilogy (and those were used pretty sparingly too) was when a minor character called Jane Faraar a bitch, which she takes as a compliment. (Fitting considering she's a werewolf, or at the very least, runs a team of werewolves.)
19th May '16 6:02:51 AM Morgenthaler
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* In PeterDavid's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Vendetta'', a Federation ship (not the Enterprise) sees the Planet Eater doing its thing, and an Ensign swears and then he apologizes to the captain, since that's frowned on; but the captain says that, no, that's quite all right; that's really the best way to describe the situation.
** In the ''StarTrekVanguard'' novel ''Precipice'', a civilian character warned against helping a pre-warp culture fight the Klingons responds "Fuck the Prime Directive". Possibly the first use of the f-word in the entire Trekverse.

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* In PeterDavid's Creator/PeterDavid's ''Franchise/StarTrek'' novel ''Vendetta'', a Federation ship (not the Enterprise) sees the Planet Eater doing its thing, and an Ensign swears and then he apologizes to the captain, since that's frowned on; but the captain says that, no, that's quite all right; that's really the best way to describe the situation.
** * In the ''StarTrekVanguard'' ''Literature/StarTrekVanguard'' novel ''Precipice'', a civilian character warned against helping a pre-warp culture fight the Klingons responds "Fuck the Prime Directive". Possibly the first use of the f-word in the entire Trekverse.



* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''KnownSpace'' series, an example from the Beowulf Schaeffer short story "Flatlander", with LampshadeHanging.

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* In Creator/LarryNiven's ''KnownSpace'' ''Literature/KnownSpace'' series, an example from the Beowulf Schaeffer short story "Flatlander", with LampshadeHanging.
27th Dec '15 11:40:33 AM Eievie
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** Zaphod's use of "Belgium!" when they're in the ice cave in the original radio series is an example in-universe - he'd never normally use such strong language unless something was ''really'' wrong, and it prompts Ford to take the situation seriously.

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** Zaphod's use of "Belgium!" when they're in the ice cave in the original radio series is an example in-universe - -- he'd never normally use such strong language unless something was ''really'' wrong, and it prompts Ford to take the situation seriously.



* Creator/JKRowling managed a Precision Bitch Strike in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' - by sweet Molly Weasley of all people. [[LetsGetDangerous "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!"]] (This is not including when Aunt Marge says the word "bitch" in book three, in literal reference to a female dog.)

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* Creator/JKRowling managed a Precision Bitch Strike in ''Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows'' - -- by sweet Molly Weasley of all people. [[LetsGetDangerous "NOT MY DAUGHTER, YOU BITCH!"]] (This is not including when Aunt Marge says the word "bitch" in book three, in literal reference to a female dog.)



*** We get it again a few pages later, except this time he's mumbling it in shock, scarcely believing he said it - the person he said it to was a very high ranking member of the city and, if I remember correctly, he said it in front of the very, very imposing assassin leader of the city.

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*** We get it again a few pages later, except this time he's mumbling it in shock, scarcely believing he said it - -- the person he said it to was a very high ranking member of the city and, if I remember correctly, he said it in front of the very, very imposing assassin leader of the city.
18th Dec '15 5:50:42 PM CountDorku
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* Deliberately used in-universe in the ''Literature/HorusHeresy'' novels. Three people, including an elderly and refined scholar, are getting the hell off Prospero in ''A Thousand Sons''; when two of them start bickering, the elderly scholar advises them to "shut the shitting hell up", then admits he was using the language to get their attention.
20th Nov '15 3:02:56 PM hujwernoo
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*** To be fair (at least in the example I'm thinking of), Harry had just come face-to-face with a monster that he'd barely survived, had only been driven off by a wizard far more powerful than him, and had only been killed (in Harry's knowledge) by a nuclear explosion.

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*** To be fair (at least in the example I'm thinking of), fair, Harry had just come face-to-face with was having a monster that he'd barely survived, had only been driven off by a wizard far more powerful than him, and had only been killed (in Harry's knowledge) by a nuclear explosion. [[HolyShitQuotient pretty eventful day.]]
12th Nov '15 6:05:23 PM nombretomado
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* RobinHobb uses the F-word only a very few times in her books, meaning each has maximum impact. Towards the end of the ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' novel ''Ship of Destiny'', after [[spoiler:Kennith rapes Althea, her nephew Wintrow defends him]], causing Althea to scream at him: "Fuck you, [[spoiler:Wintrow]]!"

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* RobinHobb Creator/RobinHobb uses the F-word only a very few times in her books, meaning each has maximum impact. Towards the end of the ''Literature/RealmOfTheElderlings'' novel ''Ship of Destiny'', after [[spoiler:Kennith rapes Althea, her nephew Wintrow defends him]], causing Althea to scream at him: "Fuck you, [[spoiler:Wintrow]]!"
10th Sep '15 12:48:07 PM Yugnat
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* Cursing is almost non-existent in books from the Literature/GwendalavirUniverse, making the following line from the first volume of ''Fr/LesMondesDEwilan'' hysterically funny :

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* Cursing is almost non-existent in books from the Literature/GwendalavirUniverse, making the following line from the first volume of ''Fr/LesMondesDEwilan'' ''Literature/LesMondesDEwilan'' hysterically funny :
10th Sep '15 12:47:40 PM Yugnat
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* Cursing is almost non-existent in books from the Literature/GwendalavirUniverse, making the following line from the first volume of ''Fr/LesMondesDEwilan'' hysterically funny :
--> '''Salim:''' "[...] deign tell me why we're working ourselves to death hiking through this fucking piece of shit country even though you could transport us to our destination in a blink ?"
--> '''Ewilan:''' "Hiking through what ?"
--> '''Salim :''' "Through this arid land of which the inhospitable rocks assault my feet and exhaust my patience, was it not what I said ?"
27th Jul '15 6:08:11 PM JoeG
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* ''Literature/TheVorkosiganSaga'': In ''A Civil Campaign'', Ekaterine manages to do this with the word "twit". She is such a ProperLady that this is the equivalent of a much stronger curse word from anybody else. Also, the fact that she says this in front of the Council of Counts in full session adds to the effect.
15th Jul '15 10:23:34 PM MechWarrior
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* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Except that the word "freaking" is used instead of the normal phrase. Going toe-to-toe against an ice goddess is definitely a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for Leo.

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* ''Literature/TheHeroesOfOlympus'': Except that the word "freaking" is used instead of the normal phrase. Going toe-to-toe against an ice goddess is definitely a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for Leo.



*** Though this may not qualify, as Bigwig isn't exactly the most timid of characters. In fact, this scene, while also qualifying for a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, establishes him as the biggest, meanest, most dangerous rabbit in the novel. Which is saying something, considering who Woundwort is.

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*** Though this may not qualify, as Bigwig isn't exactly the most timid of characters. In fact, this scene, while also qualifying for a CrowningMomentOfAwesome, SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome, establishes him as the biggest, meanest, most dangerous rabbit in the novel. Which is saying something, considering who Woundwort is.



** Tallstar refusing Tigerstar's demands and publicly calling him a "piece of foxdung" ("piece of shit") in ''The Darkest Hour'' seems to carry more weight, being said by the stereotypically meek [=WindClan=] leader, and only makes it more of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome for him.

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** Tallstar refusing Tigerstar's demands and publicly calling him a "piece of foxdung" ("piece of shit") in ''The Darkest Hour'' seems to carry more weight, being said by the stereotypically meek [=WindClan=] leader, and only makes it more of a CrowningMomentOfAwesome SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome for him.
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