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->''"It's not swearing if you don't enunciate the last phoneme. PRO TIP"''
-->-- ''Webcomic/DinosaurComics''' AltText

A character is part way through saying a rude word when they are abruptly interrupted, often for comic effect. Often, the interrupter will [[LastSecondWordSwap finish the curse with his/her first syllable]]. Likely began as a means of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.

More common in post-watershed viewing, for obvious reasons, but family shows can also get away with it. Possibly related to the practice of censoring written swear words by blanking all but the first letter, the rationale being that the reader will understand the sentence without being offended.

This can happen in different ways:
* The speaker (the person about to curse) is interrupted by another person:
** Another character may interrupt the speaker.
** Or the speaker may interrupt or cut off ''themselves''.
** Often involves a LastSecondWordSwap or SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion.
** Frequently {{justified|Trope}} by in-story reasons (e.g., NotInFrontOfTheKid).
* HardCut
** Simply cut to another scene (or commercial).
** The episode ends -- cut to closing credits or commercial after last scene.
** The episode ''begins'' -- cut to opening credits (for [[TheTeaser Cold Open]] shows).
* Speaker is [[KilledMidSentence Killed (or just injured) Mid Sentence]] (you might call this an [[{{Pun}} even harder cut]]).
* SoundEffectBleep: Noise covers the profanity. This can include a person talking over them, which can manifest as a SpeechBubblesInterruption.

Alternately, this may be enforced by a NarrativeProfanityFilter. A character will get in ''"Oh''--" and then the you will be informed that the narrator has neglected to transcribe the rest of what was said.

The phrase "son of a..." is such a widespread variant that it's practically become a valid expression in its own right. Similarly, [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons "why you little…"]]

Compare LastSecondWordSwap, in which the expected curse is avoided by saying something else, rather than being cut off. For the non-cursing variety where important information is cut off instead, see LostInTransmission. See also CatchphraseInterruptus. See also SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion, for the common case where a speaker sets up a rhyme to lead you to expect a bad word, then says something else.

%% All straight examples of this trope should cut off the curse words. Please don't try to restore the whole words out of some misguided anti-bowdlerizing impulse and completely miss the point of this trope.


* CurseCutShort/AnotherCharacterInterrupts
* CurseCutShort/SelfInterruption
* CurseCutShort/CutToAnotherScene
* CurseCutShort/EpisodeEnds
* CurseCutShort/EpisodeBegins
* CurseCutShort/KilledInjuredMidSentence
* CurseCutShort/SoundEffectBleep


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