History UnusualEuphemism / Literature

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 In order to prove they haven't been replaced by master-psychologist aliens (who haven't been in contact with humans in years) some characters use the recently invented curse "rape my lizard!", with the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 In order to prove they haven't been replaced by master-psychologist aliens (who haven't been in contact with humans in years) some characters use the recently invented curse "rape my lizard!", with the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.
5th Nov '16 9:40:08 AM dlchen145
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*** [[DeadpanSnarker Kyle]] [[BadAss Katarn]], of the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'', is fond of "[[OhCrap Aw, sithspit...]]" And it works.

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*** [[DeadpanSnarker Kyle]] [[BadAss Katarn]], Katarn, of the ''VideoGame/DarkForcesSaga'', is fond of "[[OhCrap Aw, sithspit...]]" And it works.
2nd Nov '16 12:21:59 AM PaulA
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** TroyDenning is apparently slowly trying to insert real-life profanity into the EU; "bugslut", anyone?

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** TroyDenning Creator/TroyDenning is apparently slowly trying to insert real-life profanity into the EU; "bugslut", anyone?
12th Sep '16 9:10:11 PM Xtifr
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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Caffour complains about how no one has "yanked his banana" in many years.

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* ''Literature/JourneyToChaos'': Caffour complains about how no one has "yanked his banana" in many years.years.
* In ''Literature/EmpireStar'' by Creator/SamuelRDelany, "Jhup" is an alternate term for plyasil, the sole export product of Comet Jo's home world of Rhys. It is also considered a strong obscentity--but only on Rhys. This leads to a discussion of the nature of obscene words after Jo apologizes for using the word to a spacer visiting Rhys.
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11th Sep '16 7:19:52 PM PaulA
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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's novella "Dogwalker" is full of cyberpunk-style slang, and has a character use the word "pope" to mean "penis." Later a character is described as being "smart enough to put his hands in his pockets without seeking an audience with the pope."

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* Creator/OrsonScottCard's novella "Dogwalker" (collected in ''Literature/MapsInAMirror'') is full of cyberpunk-style slang, and has a character use the word "pope" to mean "penis." Later a character is described as being "smart enough to put his hands in his pockets without seeking an audience with the pope."
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