History UnusualEuphemism / Literature

15th Jan '18 2:18:50 AM jormis29
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* The publisher of Norman Mailer's ''Literature/TheNakedAndTheDead'' famously persuaded the author to replace all occurrences of the f-word with "fug." In an apocryphal story, Dorothy Parker (or Tallulah Bankhead, in some versions) introduced herself to Mailer later with, "So you're the young man who can't spell 'fuck.'"[[note]]The use of "fug" in ''The Naked and the Dead'' inspired the name of the '60s rock band The Fugs, who preferred the uncensored version of the word in many of their songs.[[/note]]

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* The publisher of Norman Mailer's ''Literature/TheNakedAndTheDead'' famously persuaded the author to replace all occurrences of the f-word with "fug." In an apocryphal story, Dorothy Parker Creator/DorothyParker (or Tallulah Bankhead, Creator/TallulahBankhead, in some versions) introduced herself to Mailer later with, "So you're the young man who can't spell 'fuck.'"[[note]]The use of "fug" in ''The Naked and the Dead'' inspired the name of the '60s rock band The Fugs, who preferred the uncensored version of the word in many of their songs.[[/note]]
19th Dec '17 11:09:01 PM Xtifr
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* Holly Lisle's ''Talyn'', a fantasy, includes "pogging" to refer to sex. The character's a soldier, so she uses it quite a bit.

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* Holly Lisle's Creator/HollyLisle's ''Talyn'', a fantasy, includes "pogging" to refer to sex. The character's a soldier, so she uses it quite a bit.
12th Dec '17 2:07:40 PM bfunc
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** ''Discworld/TheTruth'' contains an example which is also a RunningGag complete with its own {{Lampshade}}. The thug Mr Tulip uses the swearword "--ing" in every sentence. As in, "A --ing [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]? Are you --ing crazy?" At one point, this prompts another character to wonder how he manages to pronounce the dash. Later in the book, the very prim and proper Sacharissa ends up threatening a character with a gun and the words, "Let us use your 'ing' presses or I'll 'ing' shoot your 'ing' head 'ing' off!" - adding, "I think that's how you're supposed to say it, isn't it?" (Followed on the next page by, "What a silly girl I am. 'Ing'. I feel so much better for saying that, you know? 'Ing'. 'Inginginginginginging'. I wonder what it means?") Strangely, other characters' replies at various points only make sense if he ''is'' using an actual swearword.

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** ''Discworld/TheTruth'' contains an example which is also a RunningGag complete with its own {{Lampshade}}. The thug Mr Tulip uses the swearword "--ing" in every sentence. As in, "A --ing [[OurWerewolvesAreDifferent werewolf]]? Are you --ing crazy?" At one point, this prompts another character to wonder how he manages to pronounce the dash. Later in the book, the very prim and proper Sacharissa ends up threatening a character with a gun and the words, "Let us use your 'ing' presses or I'll 'ing' shoot your 'ing' head 'ing' off!" - adding, "I think that's how you're supposed to say it, isn't it?" (Followed on the next page by, "What a silly girl I am. 'Ing'. I feel so much better for saying that, you know? 'Ing'. 'Inginginginginginging'. I wonder what it means?") Strangely, other characters' replies at various points only make sense if he ''is'' using an actual swearword.[[note]]Most notably, he corrects someone by explaining that something is a "--ing virginal" which is "so-called because it was an instrument for --ing young ladies" to which the response is "My word, is it? I thought it was just a sort of piano."[[/note]]
25th Oct '17 1:40:51 AM PaulA
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* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''The Flying Sorcerers'' includes a [[HilarityEnsues hysterical scene]] featuring what a space traveler's UniversalTranslator does to a lengthy stream of expletives.

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* Creator/PiersAnthony's ''The Flying Sorcerers'' David Gerrold and Larry Niven's ''Literature/TheFlyingSorcerers'' includes a [[HilarityEnsues hysterical scene]] featuring what a space traveler's UniversalTranslator does to a lengthy stream of expletives.
11th Oct '17 9:13:04 PM PaulA
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* In one really weird subversion or inversion, Niven and Pournelle's ''The Mote in God's Eye'' simply avoids the euphemism altogether as characters just flat-out use the word "rape" in places one would expect a different four-letter word that starts with f.

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* In one really weird subversion or inversion, Niven and Pournelle's ''The Mote in God's Eye'' ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'' simply avoids the euphemism altogether as characters just flat-out use the word "rape" in places one would expect a different four-letter word that starts with f.f.
* ''The Gripping Hand'' (The sequel to ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'') by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle uses an Unusual Euphemism as a plot point. In order to prove they haven't been replaced by master-psychologist aliens (who haven't been in contact with humans in years) some characters use the recently invented curse "rape my lizard!", with the justification that profanity-evolution is essentially random, and won't be predicted by the aliens.



* ''The Gripping Hand'' (The sequel to ''Literature/TheMoteInGodsEye'') by Creator/LarryNiven and Jerry Pournelle uses an Unusual Euphemism as a plot point. In order to prove they haven't been replaced by master-psychologist aliens (who haven't been in contact with humans in years) some characters use the recently invented curse "rape my lizard!", with the justification that profanity-evolution is essentially random, and won't be predicted by the aliens.
28th Jun '17 7:49:15 AM erforce
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** This one originated with Creator/GoreVidal's ''Myron'' (the sequel to ''Film/MyraBreckinridge''). In the original version of the book, Vidal replaces all the swear words with the names of Supreme Court Justices who had just voted in favour of some pro-censorship measure or other. So we have Burger = bugger, Father Hill = tit, Rehnquist = dick and so on. The euphemisms were dropped when ''Myron'' was re-released in a compilation volume with ''Myra'' (which never bothered with such things).

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** This one originated with Creator/GoreVidal's ''Myron'' (the sequel to ''Film/MyraBreckinridge'').''Literature/MyraBreckinridge''). In the original version of the book, Vidal replaces all the swear words with the names of Supreme Court Justices who had just voted in favour of some pro-censorship measure or other. So we have Burger = bugger, Father Hill = tit, Rehnquist = dick and so on. The euphemisms were dropped when ''Myron'' was re-released in a compilation volume with ''Myra'' (which never bothered with such things).
28th Jun '17 7:42:29 AM erforce
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** This one originated with Creator/GoreVidal's ''Myron'' (the sequel to ''Myra Breckinridge''). In the original version of the book, Vidal replaces all the swear words with the names of Supreme Court Justices who had just voted in favour of some pro-censorship measure or other. So we have Burger = bugger, Father Hill = tit, Rehnquist = dick and so on. The euphemisms were dropped when ''Myron'' was re-released in a compilation volume with ''Myra'' (which never bothered with such things).

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** This one originated with Creator/GoreVidal's ''Myron'' (the sequel to ''Myra Breckinridge'').''Film/MyraBreckinridge''). In the original version of the book, Vidal replaces all the swear words with the names of Supreme Court Justices who had just voted in favour of some pro-censorship measure or other. So we have Burger = bugger, Father Hill = tit, Rehnquist = dick and so on. The euphemisms were dropped when ''Myron'' was re-released in a compilation volume with ''Myra'' (which never bothered with such things).
26th Apr '17 12:22:33 AM PaulA
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* Characters in Creator/AlanDeanFoster novels sometimes swear by "Patrick O'Morion," whoever he may be.

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* Characters in Creator/AlanDeanFoster Creator/AlanDeanFoster's ''Literature/HumanxCommonwealth'' novels sometimes swear by "Patrick O'Morion," whoever he may be.
26th Jan '17 10:00:54 PM PaulA
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* Characters in Creator/IsaacAsimov stories will often exclaim words such as "Space!" and "Galaxy!". Ebling Mis from ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'' was quite fond of calling things "unprintable".
** In the novels about Elijah Baley, he uses the expletive "Jehoshaphat!"

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* Creator/IsaacAsimov:
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Characters in Creator/IsaacAsimov stories will often exclaim words such as "Space!" and "Galaxy!". "Galaxy!".
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Ebling Mis from ''[[Literature/{{Foundation}} Foundation and Empire]]'' ''Literature/FoundationAndEmpire'' was quite fond of calling things "unprintable".
** In the novels about [[Literature/TheCavesOfSteel Elijah Baley, Baley]], he uses the expletive "Jehoshaphat!"
3rd Dec '16 9:32:18 AM WhosAsking
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* In ''The High King'', the final volume of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', the outlaw Dorath informs Princess Eilonwy that he intends to "remove your charms" "until you are fit company for a swineherd," referring to the hero Taran. What he means is that ''she's going to be gang-raped'' by his band of thugs. The odd wording is to keep from traumatizing younger readers, who can understand that she's in danger without knowing exactly what's going to happen; older readers can figure it out, as Eilonwy did.

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* In ''The High King'', the final volume of the ''Literature/ChroniclesOfPrydain'', the outlaw Dorath informs Princess Eilonwy that he intends to "remove your charms" "until you are fit company for a swineherd," referring to the hero Taran. What he means is that ''she's going to be gang-raped'' by his band of thugs. The odd wording is to keep from traumatizing younger readers, readers[[note]]The ''Chronicles of Prydain'' books are intended for older children and would be found in the Young Adult section of a library, so sensitivities had to be considered.[[/note]], who can understand that she's in danger without knowing exactly what's going to happen; older readers can figure it out, as Eilonwy did.
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