->'''Gabe:''' This jackass just said that something can go "through a ferrocrete bunker like a neutrino through plasma." I get it, man. It says ''Franchise/StarWars'' on the cover. I know I'm reading about '''''Star Wars'''''. It's like, do they not have butter in space? Or hot knives to cut it with?\\
'''Tycho:''' Listen, don't get your mynocks in a... sarlacc.
-->-- ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'', [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2008/07/23/san-diego-sketchbook-on-vibroblades "San Diego Sketchbook: On Vibroblades"]]

The author uses a popular and/or modern phrase in a work of SpeculativeFiction, and adjusts it to the setting by replacing certain concepts with their more-or-less appropriate counterparts. Works as a sort of ShoutOut to make the reader/viewer more at home in the world, while at the same time highlighting the difference; it can also be used to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar disguise swears]]. Can backfire if the adjustment comes off as too arbitrary (e.g., if the proverb refers to concepts that should exist in the speculative setting as well).

At times these are specific to an exact scene, too. The replacement concepts can be tailored to characters and current action, rather than being a common phrase of its own. A cop with an antagonistic relationship to his Imperial liaison can sardonically say the liaison's investigation team got past security like X-Wings go through a Death Star. In this way it can overlap with RememberWhenYouBlewUpASun, though it can refer to past moments anywhere on the spectrum of awesome and suck.

Related to CallARabbitASmeerp and FutureSlang inasmuch as they're all about creating immersion through language use. The difference is that Hold Your Hippogriffs is, for one, not about words but phrases; for another, Hold Your Hippogriffs doesn't always create [[PerfectlyCromulentWord new words]], although it can. It's also related to FlintstoneTheming, but with fewer puns.

Supertrope of OhMyGods. Not related to CallAPegasusAHippogriff. The inverse of this, when a word is replaced due to never having the chance to exist, is OrphanedEtymology.
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!!Examples:

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[[folder:Multiple Media]]
* ''{{Transformers}}'':
** "Do you ever think you could be [[labelnote:programmed]] destined[[/labelnote]] for something bigger?"
** "Stick it in your [[labelnote:optic sensor]] eye[[/labelnote]]!"
** "My [[labelnote:afterburner]] foot[[/labelnote]]."
** "That's murder on my [[labelnote:audio receptors]] ears[[/labelnote]]!"
** "[[labelnote:Processor]] Mind[[/labelnote]] over matter."
** "Megatron?! The cruel and vicious Decepticon leader who eats Autobot [[labelnote:protoforms]] babies[[/labelnote]] for breakfast?!"
** "I've got one [[labelnote:servo]]foot[[/labelnote]] in the [[labelnote:scrap heap]] grave[[/labelnote]]."
** "Human! It's [[HostageForMacGuffin the Matrix or]] your [[labelnote:protoform batch initiators]] parents[[/labelnote]]!"
** "You'll have to pry it from my cold, [[labelnote:offline servos]] dead hands[[/labelnote]]!"
** "I'll tear out your [[labelnote:optics]] eyes[[/labelnote]]!"
** "It's a [[labelnote:no-processor...er]] no-brainer[[/labelnote]]." (this one even they find weird to say)
** Also used for {{Unusual Euphemism}}s to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]]:
*** "Aww, hexagonal nuts."
*** "You can stuff it up your [[labelnote:exhaust pipe]] ass[[/labelnote]]."
*** "What, is my [[labelnote:gearbox]] package[[/labelnote]] hanging out or something?"
*** "Don't just stand there with your [[labelnote:pistons]] cocks[[/labelnote]] in your [[labelnote:servos]] hands[[/labelnote]]!"
*** "Brilliant my [[labelnote:sine function]] ass[[/labelnote]]."
*** "Kiss my [[labelnote:skidplate]] ass[[/labelnote]]!"
*** "Whoa! What crawled up ''your'' [[labelnote:tailpipe]] ass[[/labelnote]]?"
*** "Go stuff it up your [[labelnote:reactor linkage]] ass[[/labelnote]]!"
*** "Brilliant, my [[labelnote:boron compressor]] ass[[/labelnote]]!"
*** "Blow it out your [[labelnote:actuator]] ass[[/labelnote]]!"
*** "Tell him to blow it out his [[labelnote:exhaust port]] ass[[/labelnote]]!"
*** "That restaurant where the waitresses go around without [[labelnote:torso plates]] shirts[[/labelnote]]?"
*** "[[labelnote:Bearings of chrome steel.]] Brass balls.[[/labelnote]]"
** From an episode of ''Anime/TransformersCybertron'':
---> '''Override:''' What are we, [[labelnote:roast energon]]chopped liver[[/labelnote]]?
* ''{{Bionicle}}'':
** "Hold your [[labelnote:Rahi,]] horses,[[/labelnote]] I'm coming!"
** "All my friends went to Po-Koro, and all I got was this lousy [[labelnote:rock.]] T-shirt[[/labelnote]]"
** "Like [[labelnote:Matoran]] children[[/labelnote]] opening presents on [[labelnote:Naming Day.]] Christmas.[[/labelnote]]"
** "It's a load of [[labelnote:Rock Steed droppings!]] BS![[/labelnote]]"
** "I have a feeling we're not in [[labelnote:Karda Nui]] Kansas[[/labelnote]] any more!
** "He clapped his hands over his [[labelnote:audio receptors.]] ears.[[/labelnote]]"
** "Kill two [[labelnote:Gukko]] birds[[/labelnote]] with one stone."
** "The [[labelnote:metal claw's]] boot's[[/labelnote]] on the other foot now!" (This one was {{Lampshaded}}, as another character tells the speaker that what he just said makes no sense.)
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}'': "Hold your [[labelnote:Horsea]]horses[[/labelnote]]!"
** "I'm so hungry I could eat a [[labelnote:Horsea]]horse[[/labelnote]]!"
** "Maybe if you weren't such a big fat [[labelnote:Swinub]]pig[[/labelnote]], we'd get to the boat on time!"
** "When the [[labelnote:Swinub]]pigs[[/labelnote]] fly."
** "That Pachirisu is faster than water off a [[labelnote:Wailord's]]duck's[[/labelnote]] back."
*** Justified in that horses and pigs may not exist in the world of ''Pokémon'', though "Hold your Ponyta/Rapidash!" would have made more sense. Plus Horsea is a really small Pokémon, so eating one wouldn't be all that satisfying either.
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[[folder:Comics]]
* This is especially ridiculous in the ''Marvel Apes'' comics; "a [[labelnote:human's]] monkey's[[/labelnote]] uncle" is an idiomatic phrase, except ''there are no humans in the Marvel Apes universe''. ''Literally none''. A few characters are mutated into human-like forms, but humanity is by and large nonexistent.
* René Goscinny liked using this trope in his comics:
** In ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'', typical French curses involving God are transformed into those which involve Roman and Gaulish deities. There's also phrases like "a big girl's [[labelnote:tunica]] blouse[[/labelnote]]", a sign which tells people to 'wipe their [[labelnote:caligae]] boots[[/labelnote]]', "in their good tablets"...
** ComicBook/LuckyLuke's [[IntellectualAnimal intellectual horse]] says, when crossing a river, "And the [[labelnote:veterinarian]] doctor[[/labelnote]] told me not to bathe immediately after [[labelnote:pasturing.]] eating.[[/labelnote]]"
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}''[='s=] Golden Age parody "Mickey Rodent" had [[ParodyNames Darnold Duck]] turn to Mickey and call him a "dirty rat," with the word "rat" crossed out and "human" inserted.
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In Franchise/{{Pokemon}} fanfics, "Hold your [[labelnote:Ponyta/Rapidash]] horses[[/labelnote]]!"
** The fandom in general loves to swear to [[OlympusMons Arceus]]. Also an example of OhMyGods.
-->"FOR THE LOVE OF [[labelnote:ARCEUS!]] GOD![[/labelnote]]"
* ''The Legend of Zelda'' Fanfiction and Fancomics tend to substitute the words "God" or "Jesus" with either "Nayru", "Din" or "Farore", depending on which one is the most "fitting". Especially striking in the fan-flash series ''Unknown Origin'', where OriginalCharacter "Biggs" would often shout "For Farore's sake!!" or "Oh my Din!!" whenever something weird happens to Link.
* ''AVeryPotterMusical'' has "Oh my [[labelnote:Wizard-God!]] God![[/labelnote]]" and "Oh my [[labelnote:Rowling!]] God![[/labelnote]]"
* ''Fanfic/AHero'', a crossover between ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Anime/PuellaMagiMadokaMagica'' has Dalek Sec, who gives us "SON-OF-A-[[labelnote:THAL]] gun/bitch[[/labelnote]]!"
* MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic is fond of this, so unsurprisingly it is omnipresent in its fanfiction.
** ''[[Fanfic/TheWritingOnTheWall The Writing On The Wall]]'' contains the usual ponyificiations of words, but the end of the story averts this trope intentionally [[spoiler: because they realize that they need to warn off anyone who comes by thereafter, regardless of species, just as the ones who had come before them had done.]]
** In ''WebAnimation/TurnaboutStorm'', while being stuck in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]], where they do this a whole lot, [[VisualNovel/AceAttorney Phoenix]] starts to wonder if he should do it himself.
-->'''Phoenix''': Eh... I'm sorry, I guess I shouldn't look a gift horse in the mouth. ''[[InnerMonologue (Should have I said "pony" there I wonder...)]]''
*** Also used there for euphemism. Applejack, when referring to [[MilesGloriosus Trixie]], calls her an "[[AttentionWhore Attention Horse]]"
** In ''{{Webcomic/Hoofstuck}}'', Pinkie Pie is confused over whether or not she should say everypony when talking to the reader. She can't come up with the right word (everyone/everybody) though.
-->''Hi everypony! Or wait a second, not everypony! Everyhuman? No, that sounds dumb. You guess you could say everyman, but why would you greet anypony with an old morality play? That's like the opposite of a party.''
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''[[WebAnimation/PonyDotMov MAGIC.MOV]]'', where Spike doesn't see the difference between "anybody" and "anypony".
-->'''Spike''': You know, you can say anybody. Instead of anypony. Frankly I don't see what the point of that is. I would have know what you would meant if you would have said anybody. Seems to me like that's the kind of thing everybody's doing just because everybody else is doing.
* In ''Harry Potter and the Dragon's Revenge'' Neville commented that after Michael Corner got into Cho Chang's knickers he dropped her "like an exploding cauldron."
* In ''The Lion Tamer'' Umbridge was thinking that if she could catch Harry doing something wrong and Dumbledore trying to aid him she could "kill two doxies with one hex."
* Common in ''FanFic/UnderTheNorthernLights'', just like in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic the canon show]], but even more is added since the fic deals with more than one species. Get used to "anydeer" as well as "anypony".
* In ''Rocking the Boat'' it was stated that Dumbledore decided not to "[[labelnote:bemoan a spilled cauldron]] cry over spilled milk[[/labelnote]]."
* In the Franchise/{{Harry Potter}}[=/=]Franchise/{{X-Men}} crossover ''Mutant Storm'' Snape, commenting on Dumbledore's extreme reluctance to use deadly force, remarked that "If you want to make a proper potion, you have to break a few ashwinder eggs."
* In ''3 Slytherin Marauders'' Voldemort's saner, freed-from-the-diary Tom Riddle persona commented that a lecture by the new assistant professor of History of Magic "set the kneazle among the jarveys."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/6959724/4/Lunch-at-Maxine-s Lunch at Maxine's]]'' Ron commented to his mother that he'd told her that when she "woke up and smelled the wolfsbane" he and Luna would start coming back to the Burrow.
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8045114/14/A-Marauder-s-Plan A Marauder's Plan]]'' [=McGonagall=] stated that the "proof was in the casting" and referred to a recent trip to Thailand by Dumbledore as a "wild nargle chase." Several chapters later, Sirius was mulling over something which happened years ago and decided that it was "all [[labelnote:magic through the wand]] water under the bridge[[/labelnote]]."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8344268/36/Came-out-of-the-Darkness Came Out of the Darkness]]'' Draco Malfoy scoffed at something and Narcissa commented "Draco remember, never judge a dragon by a single scale."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/7144149/38/Not-Normal Not Normal]]'' a relative of Arthur Weasley commented "No sense in reinventing the wand."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/8061402/23/Harry-Potter-What-I-See Harry Potter: What I See]]'' Draco Malfoy decided not to "look a gift centaur in the mouth."
* In ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/9255377/5/The-French-Connection The French Connection]]'' Harry commented "Did you never hear the old saying, 'Curiosity killed the Niffler'?"
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'':
** Captain Kanril walks onto her ship's bridge after a one night stand and her Andorian first officer [[DidYouJustHaveSex remarks that]] she's acting "like a [[labelnote:grayth]]cat[[/labelnote]] that just dined on prize [[labelnote:alicorn]]parakeet[[/labelnote]]".
** When Gaarra gets tongue-tied at the prospect of the ''Bajor'' having a Cardassian bartender in Ten Forward, said bartender says to him, "[[labelnote:vole]]cat[[/labelnote]] got your tongue, Commander Reshek?" (For reference, [[http://en.memory-alpha.org/wiki/Cardassian_vole a Cardassian vole.]])
** From [[http://sto-forum.perfectworld.com/showthread.php?t=1145781 "Reality Is Fluid"]], a ChallengeFic starring the same characters, Tess, the aforementioned Andorian, says that the ''Bajor'' has "a cinder's chance in the Northern Wastes" of taking out an enormous Undine fleet. This makes for something of an InvertedTrope version, as the Northern Wastes of Andoria are nothing but glaciers.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/9882526/4/Mockingbird Mockingbird]]'' Harry commented that he should probably "[[labelnote:grip the broom by the handle]] grab the bull by the horns[[/labelnote]]."
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/2919503/13/Luna-s-Hubby Luna's Hubby]]'' Kingsley Shacklebolt decided that an escaped Bellatrix Lestrange wasn't [[labelnote:casting with a working wand]] playing with a full deck[[/labelnote]]
* In the ''MorkAndMindy'' fanfic ''FanFic/MorkAndMindysTwentyFifthAnniversary'', At one point, Kathy exclaims, "What on Earth is that?" at Mork's costume. Mr. [=McConnall=] corrects her that it's "What on Ork is that?"
[[/folder]]

[[folder:Films -- Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Balto}}'':
** "That's 'cause you're looking at the [[labelnote:bowl]] glass[[/labelnote]] half empty."
** "It's not exactly a one-[[labelnote:dog]] man[[/labelnote]] show, Dixie."
** "I'm sticking here until I'm sure you can stand on own [[labelnote:four]] two[[/labelnote]] feet.
** "Balto, I was so scared, I got [[labelnote:people]] goose[[/labelnote]] bumps!
* A lot of Disney's humor is based on this trope.
** ''Disney/{{Aladdin}}'':
*** "Don't stand until the [[labelnote:rug]] plane[[/labelnote]] has come to a complete stop."
*** "Wake up and smell the [[labelnote:hummus.]] coffee.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Mr. Doubting [[labelnote:Mustafa.]] Thomas.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "[[labelnote:Allah]] God[[/labelnote]] forbid you have any daughters."
*** "That two-faced son of a [[labelnote:Jackal!]] bitch![[/labelnote]]"
*** "Hold onto your [[labelnote:turban,]] hat,[[/labelnote]] kid!"
*** "It never fails, you get in the bath, and there's a [[labelnote:rub]], knock [[/labelnote]] at the [[labelnote:lamp.]] door.[[/labelnote]]"
*** The Disney/{{Aladdin}} series also does this, with lines like "In a [[labelnote:Gomorrah]] New York[[/labelnote]] minute!"
** ''Disney/{{Hercules}}''
*** "Holy [[labelnote:Hera!]] Hannah![[/labelnote]]"
*** "Is this an audience or [[labelnote:a mosaic?]] an oil painting?[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Wanna buy a [[labelnote:sundial?]] watch?[[/labelnote]]"
*** "The honest-to-[[labelnote:Zeus]] God[[/labelnote]] truth."
*** Thebes is called the "Big [[labelnote:Olive.]] Apple.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Keep your [[labelnote:toga]] pants[[/labelnote]] on, pal!"
*** "Someone call [[labelnote:IX-I-I!]] 9-1-1![[/labelnote]]"
*** "That's it, I'm moving to [[labelnote:Sparta!]] Canada![[/labelnote]]"
*** "He's just another [[labelnote:chariot]] [[AmbulanceChaser ambulance]][[/labelnote]] chaser."
*** "...but I could see through ''that'' in a [[labelnote:Peloponnesian]] New York[[/labelnote]] minute."
** ''Disney/TheLittleMermaid'':
*** "You're not getting cold [[labelnote:fins]] feet[[/labelnote]] now, are you?"
*** "You are such a [[labelnote:guppy!]] chicken![[/labelnote]]"
*** "As long as you live under my [[labelnote:ocean]] roof[[/labelnote]], you live under my rules!"
*** "You give them an inch, they'll [[labelnote:swim]] walk[[/labelnote]] all over you."
*** "The [[labelnote:seaweed]] grass[[/labelnote]] is always greener / In somebody else's [[labelnote:lake!]] lawn![[/labelnote]]"
*** "Someone needs to nail that girl's [[labelnote:fins]] feet[[/labelnote]] to the floor."
*** "It's time Ursula took matters into her own [[labelnote:tentacles!]] hands![[/labelnote]]"
** ''Disney/TheLionKing''
*** "This child is getting wildly out of [[labelnote:wing.]] hand.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "I'm so hungry I could eat a [[labelnote:whole zebra.]] horse.[[/labelnote]]"
** ''Disney/{{Pocahontas}}''
*** "It's enough to make your [[labelnote:sap]] blood[[/labelnote]] boil." (said by Grandmother Willow)
** ''Disney/{{Mulan}}''
*** "You don't meet a girl like that every [[labelnote:dynasty.]] day.[[/labelnote]]"
*** "Who [[labelnote:spit]] pissed[[/labelnote]] in her [[labelnote:bean curd?]] corn flakes?[[/labelnote]]"
** ''Disney/{{Dumbo}}''
*** "Girls, girls, listen. Have I got a [[labelnote:trunk]] mouth[[/labelnote]] full of dirt."
* ''OsmosisJones'': "You're pulling my [[labelnote:membrane!]] leg![[/labelnote]]"
** "You saved my [[labelnote:cytoplasm]] ass[[/labelnote]] back there."
** "I should be out in the [[labelnote:veins]] streets[[/labelnote]] fighting [[labelnote:disease!]] crime![[/labelnote]]"
* ''HappyFeet'': "Can you speak plain [[labelnote:penguin,]] English,[[/labelnote]] please?" and "I'm speaking plain [[labelnote:penguin.]] English.[[/labelnote]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' has "Son of a [[labelnote:building block!]] bitch![[/labelnote]]" and "Save your [[labelnote:batteries.]] breath.[[/labelnote]]"
** ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory2'': "If the [[labelnote:boot]]shoe[[/labelnote]] fits."
* ''WesternAnimation/ABugsLife'': "Ladies and gentle[[labelnote:bugs!]] men![[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:Larvae]] Children[[/labelnote]] of all [[labelnote:stages!]] ages![[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:Rub]] Put[[/labelnote]] your [[labelnote:legs]] hands[[/labelnote]] together for the world's greatest bug circus!"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'':
** "Ladies and gentle[[labelnote:cars]] men[[/labelnote]]..."
** "His [[labelnote:undercarriage]] underwear[[/labelnote]] is showing."
** "Float like a [[labelnote:Cadillac]] butterfly[[/labelnote]], sting like a [[labelnote:Beamer]] bee (a Beamer is a common nickname for a BMW)[[/labelnote]]."
** [[labelnote:Tractor]] cow[[/labelnote]] tipping.
** [=RustEze=] Medicated [[labelnote:Bumper]] lip[[/labelnote]] Ointment.
** "The loser will be stripped of all modifications and become... ...[[labelnote:STOCK!!!]] naked[[/labelnote]]"
* ''{{Hoodwinked}}'': "Well well, someone [[labelnote:hibernated]] slept [[/labelnote]] on the wrong side of the [[labelnote:cave]] bed[[/labelnote]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'': "It'll be a piece of [[labelnote:kelp]] cake[[/labelnote]]."
** A little girl octopus, upon being startled, says, "Oh, you mad me [[labelnote:ink]] pee[[/labelnote]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon'': "[[labelnote:Odin]] God[[/labelnote]] help us."
** ''WesternAnimation/HowToTrainYourDragon2'': "The sun is shining, [[labelnote:Terrible Terrors]] birds[[/labelnote]] are singing on the roof..."
* ''WesternAnimation/HortonHearsAWho'': "That's why my little Rudy is [[labelnote:pouch]] home[[/labelnote]]-schooled.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''PlanetOfTheApes'':
** "[[labelnote:Human]] Monkey[[/labelnote]] see, [[labelnote:human]] monkey[[/labelnote]] do."
** Considering that the whole franchise was a commentary about racism, you can't forget a line like "The only ''good'' [[labelnote:human]] Indian[[/labelnote]] is a ''DEAD'' [[labelnote:human!]] Indian![[/labelnote]]"
* ''Alexander'' manages to naturally do this, replacing phrases like "By God!" with "By Zeus!" [[OhMyGods or "In the name of the Gods!" instead of the singular]], and other such things using ancient Greek-era things in place of more modern phrases and outbursts. A few times, it tends to get too clunky and usual, with things like "By Athena's Justice, this girl has spirit" that tend to be less artificial and more sticking out like a sore thumb.
* ''Film/StarTrekVITheUndiscoveredCountry'' had one of the military men threaten that if the Klingons declared war, "we'd clean their [[labelnote:chronometers.]] clocks.[[/labelnote]]"
* At the climax of ''OhGodYouDevil'', when the Devil (Creator/GeorgeBurns) loses his nerve in a poker showdown with God (also George Burns), God comments, "I put the fear of [[labelnote:me]] God[[/labelnote]] into you."
* ''Film/StarTrekVTheFinalFrontier'' Had Kirk mentioning "Moon over [[labelnote:Rigel-7]] Miami[[/labelnote]]" as a potential campfire sing-along. When this movie was later [[Podcast/RiffTrax riffed]], Mike Nelson and Kevin Murphy mocked the use of this trope with such song titles as ''I Left My Heart [[labelnote:On Tau Ceti Five]] in San Francisco[[/labelnote]]'' and ''I Have Thirteen Eyes For You.''
* ''LordOfTheRings'' "As the Nazgűl flies."
** Justified, since they are actually talking about Nazgűl flying there.
* ''Film/StarTrekIITheWrathOfKhan'' had "What beams you into this neck of the woods?"
* In ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome'', [=McCoy=] says Spock is "not exactly [[labelnote:working]] firing[[/labelnote]] on all [[labelnote:thrusters]]cylinders[[/labelnote]]".
* In ''Film/RevengeOfTheSith'', Obi-Wan says that his hunt for General Grievous on Utapau "May just be a wild [[labelnote:bantha]] goose [[/labelnote]] chase."
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[[folder:Literature]]
* From ''Literature/LifeTheUniverseAndEverything'': "Wouldn't stand a [[labelnote:whelk's]]snowball's[[/labelnote]] chance in [[labelnote:a supernova]] hell[[/labelnote]]." Much to [[EveryMan Arther Dent's]] confusion.
* In ''The Integral Trees'' by Creator/LarryNiven, several characters use the expression "feed the tree," which means, "The words you are saying are a commonly used form of natural fertilizer."
* The TropeNamer is ''Literature/HarryPotter''; several of these expressions we hear from Mrs. Figg after she's revealed to be a Squib:
** "Hold your [[labelnote:hippogriffs!]] horses![[/labelnote]]"
** "What's got your [[labelnote:wand]] knickers[[/labelnote]] in a [[labelnote:knot?]] twist?[[/labelnote]]"
** "No use crying over spilt [[labelnote:potion.]] milk.[[/labelnote]]"
** "The cat's among the [[labelnote:pixies]] pigeons[[/labelnote]] now."
** "Wasn't enough room to swing a [[labelnote:kneazle.]] cat.[[/labelnote]]"
** "Might as well be hanged for a [[labelnote:dragon]] sheep[[/labelnote]] as [[labelnote:an egg.]] a lamb.[[/labelnote]]"
** "[[FellOffTheBackOfATruck Fell off the back of a]] [[labelnote:broom.]] truck.[[/labelnote]]"
** "[[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Son of a]] [[labelnote:Bludger!]] bitch![[/labelnote]]
** "God rest ye, merry [[labelnote:hippogriffs]] gentlemen[[/labelnote]]" being sung by Sirius at Christmas in Order of the Phoenix. (This may very well have been Sirius messing with the words for his own sake, since he was attending on Buckbeak at the time.)
** "Just yanking your [[labelnote:wand.]] leg.[[/labelnote]]"
*** This one might fall into AccidentalInnuendo territory as well.
** "Get off his high [[labelnote:hippogriff.]] horse.[[/labelnote]]"
** "Which came first, the [[labelnote:phoenix]] chicken[[/labelnote]] or the [[labelnote:flame?]] egg?[[/labelnote]]"
** "It's like losing a [[labelnote:Knut]] penny[[/labelnote]] and finding a [[labelnote:Galleon]] pound[[/labelnote]]."
*** Justified in this case, as wizards have their own currency and know nothing of Muggle money.
** In fact, in the Film, the band in one movie does a song pretty much entirely of this trope.
** They also tend to refer to {{Merlin}} in addition to {{God}}. Which makes sense, one supposes.
** Speaking of swearing by Merlin, "Merlin's pants!" could very well be a stand-in for "Holy shit!", considering the following:
*** "Pants" is British slang for "rubbish";
*** Another term for "rubbish" is "bullshit" or simply "shit"; and
*** When Hermione uses the term, Ron realizes she's got her wand in a much tighter knot than usual, for her to be saying that (also consider that he is himself guilty of swearing loudly numerous times throughout the series).
*** Speaking of Merlin's pants, quoth Ron: "How in the [[labelnote:name of Merlin's pants]] holy name of shit[[/labelnote]] have you managed to get your hands on those Horcrux books?"
** Rita Skeeter also once makes reference to a "bring and [[labelnote:fly]] buy[[/labelnote]] sale".
* In the ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' books, most of the examples of this trope are simply their setting-appropriate equivalents. E.G.:
** "...guaranteed to have [[FellOffTheBackOfATruck fallen off the back of]] [[labelnote:an oxcart.]] a lorry[[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/GuardsGuards'')
** "He's going to go totally [[labelnote:Librarian poo.]] apeshit.[[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'' and ''Discworld/TheTruth'')
** "...as the [[labelnote:high priest]] bishop[[/labelnote]] said to the [[labelnote:vestal virgin.]] actress.[[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/WitchesAbroad'')
** "Crysophrase, he not give a [[labelnote:coprolith]] shit[[/labelnote]] about that stuff" (''Discworld/MenAtArms'') and "I'm in deep [[labelnote:copro,]] shit,[[/labelnote]] right?" (''Discworld/{{Thud}}''). (Trolls are living rock, and a coprolith is fossilised animal dung.)
** "Been there, done that, bought the [[labelnote:doublet.]] T-shirt.[[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'')
** ''Discworld/MenAtArms'' has "...some Watchman blundering around upsetting things, like a loose ... a loose [[labelnote:siege catapult.]] cannon.[[/labelnote]]"; "...up [[labelnote:the Ankh]] shit creek[[/labelnote]] without a paddle"; [[IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes "Does a]] [[labelnote:dragon explode]] bear shit[[/labelnote]] [[IsTheAnswerToThisQuestionYes in the woods?"]] (although the original version is also in use); and "Like a fish needs a ... [[labelnote:a thing that doesn't work underwater]] a bicycle[[/labelnote]], sir."
** "When the [[labelnote:midden]] shit[[/labelnote]] hits the [[labelnote:windmill.]] fan.[[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'' and ''Discworld/TheFifthElephant'')
** "[[LightBulbJoke How many trolls does it take to change a]] [[labelnote:lamp wick?]] light bulb?[[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/{{Sourcery}}'')
** A weird one that started out as a Nanny Ogg {{malaprop|er}}ism in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'', and then somehow became the accepted version of the phrase in later books is: "The leopard does not change his shorts." In ''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'', this phrase's complete meaninglessness gets {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.
*** Another common mangled saying is "the worm is on the other boot", a mash-up of "the worm has turned" and "the boot is on the other foot".
** The tendency of {{Honest Johns|Dealership}} in UK media to call everyone "squire" (CMOT Dibbler does this) gets extended to other Discworld cultures, with a camel merchant who calls Teppic "emir" in ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}'', and Disembowel-Meself-Honorably calling Rincewind "shogun" in ''Discworld/InterestingTimes''.
** Klatch's role as the "generically foreign" country to Morporkians means we get "Excuse my [[labelnote:Klatchian]] French[[/labelnote]]" and "That isn't [[labelnote:Klatchian]]Scotch[[/labelnote]] mist, lad" (both by Ridcully in ''Discworld/SoulMusic'').
** A few {{aver|tedTrope}}sions are {{lampshade|Hanging}}d early on, when he notes that the use of the phrase "gypsies" is anomalous, given that there is no such thing as Egypt, but some words of place-name origin need to be kept for coherency's sake, so he's not calling them Djelibabies, as technically appropriate as that would be.
** "This is a hell of a way to spend [[labelnote:Hogswatch!]] Christmas![[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/{{Hogfather}}'')
** "Now we're cooking with [[labelnote:charcoal!]] gas![[/labelnote]]" (''Discworld/InterestingTimes'' and others)
** Trolls refer to "legends from the [[labelnote:sunset]] dawn[[/labelnote]] of time." Either because they're nocturnal (according to ''Discworld/TheLightFantastic''), or because they think we go through time ''backwards'' (according to ''Discworld/{{Thud}}'', based on a line in ''Discworld/ReaperMan'').
** "Evil Emperor. Evil Empire. [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin It did what it said on the]] [[labelnote:iron maiden]] tin[[/labelnote]].(''Discworld/UnseenAcademicals'')
** "Couldn't expect to get away [[labelnote:Feegle]] scot[[/labelnote]] free" (''Discworld/{{Snuff}}'')
** There's more than one way of choking a [[labelnote:dangdang]] cat[[/labelnote]] than stuffing it with [[labelnote:pling]] cream[[/labelnote]]." (''Discworld/ThiefOfTime'') (dangdangs and pling, if you're wondering, are never mentioned in any other context.)
** In a [[http://www.lspace.org/fandom/afp/timelines/discussions/building-the-clacks.html discussion on alt.fan.pratchett.]], Creator/TerryPratchett said that building the clacks network was "not [[labelnote:dragon wizardry]] rocket science[[/labelnote]]." (See ''Discworld/TheLastHero'' for why they're the same thing.)
** In ''Discworld/RaisingSteam'' a dwarf says the grags can "stick it where the sun [[labelnote: shines too much]]doesn't shine[[/labelnote]]".
** "It's gone [[labelnote:wahoonie]]pear[[/labelnote]]-shaped." (Various books)
* The vampire culture in ''TheSagaOfDarrenShan'': "In this [[labelnote:night]] day[[/labelnote]] and age"
* The ''Franchise/StarWarsExpandedUniverse'' books:
** "Out of the [[labelnote:reactor core]] frying pan[[/labelnote]] and into the [[labelnote:supernova.]] fire.[[/labelnote]]"
** Playing [[labelnote:Sith's/Dark Side's]] Devil's[[/labelnote]] Advocate. Started in the ''XWingSeries'', but other novels picked it up later.
** Better the [[labelnote:Moff]] Devil[[/labelnote]] you know than [[labelnote: Emperor's new envoy.]] Devil you don't.[[/labelnote]]
** He was as green as [[labelnote:the foam]] grass[[/labelnote]] on [[DrinkOrder Lomiin-ale]].
** ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial'' is largely cringed over and ignored, but a few things have worked their way into canon. Boba Fett, Chewbacca's family, and [[YouMeanXmas Life Day]].
--->'''Wedge:''' [after a very agreeable breakup, and having said that he hopes she'll still consider him a friend] "Meaning you can still call on me. Send me messages. Send me [[labelnote:Life day]] Christmas[[/labelnote]] presents."
** "[[http://img30.imageshack.us/img30/1527/blz14.jpg These guys]] went through the estate's defenses easier than [[labelnote: Rebels go through a Death Star]] joke about cheap food of any kind / hot knife through butter[[/labelnote]]."
** It's not the work of [[labelnote:Venthan Chassu,]] Rembrandt,[[/labelnote]] but it beats bare walls.
** Less chance than a [[labelnote:flame]] snowflake[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:on Hoth.]] in Hell.[[/labelnote]]
** If one person calls you [[labelnote:a Hutt,]] drunk,[[/labelnote]] laugh it off. If two people call you [[labelnote:a Hutt,]] drunk,[[/labelnote]] start to wonder. If three people call you [[labelnote:a Hutt,]] drunk,[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:buy a drool bucket and start hoarding spice.]] go home and lie down.[[/labelnote]] ([[MichaelStackpole Stackpole]] [[SignatureStyle invents a lot of these.]])
** You look like something the [[labelnote:poom]] cat[[/labelnote]] dragged in.
** [[LightBulbJoke How many Corellians does it take]] to change a [[labelnote:glowpanel?]] lightbulb?[[/labelnote]]
*** None. If the Light's out you can't see them cheating at [[labelnote:Sabacc.]] poker.[[/labelnote]]
** Speaking of which, there's no such thing as a "poker face". Instead, you'd have a "Sabacc face".
** She took to it like a [[labelnote:sarlacc]] duck[[/labelnote]] to [[labelnote:sand.]] water.[[/labelnote]]
*** That one is strange, since they ''do'' have [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/Duck ducks]]. And water. And because not all sarlaccs live in deserts.
** If [[labelnote:TheForce is with us, it's definitely TheDarkSide.]] it weren't for bad luck, we'd have no luck at all.[[/labelnote]]
** This looks like a [[labelnote:dew]] milk[[/labelnote]]-run.
*** Also used: a "blue milk-run".
** Stick the [[labelnote:vibroblade]] knife[[/labelnote]] in and [[labelnote:modulate the oscillation rate.]] twist it.[[/labelnote]]
** The [[FlyingCar airspeeder]] dropped like a [[labelnote:freefalling Hutt.]] rock.[[/labelnote]]
*** The same character a few pages later said the same speeder "dropped like a rock", so "freefalling Hutt" was probably just for color.
** As the smugglers say, we were putting all our [[labelnote:spice]] eggs[[/labelnote]] in one [[labelnote:freighter]] basket[[/labelnote]].
** Don't [[labelnote:plot a course into that black hole]] go there[[/labelnote]].
** I get the [[labelnote:holo]] picture[[/labelnote]].
** I'll walk away, shedding my crimes like a [[labelnote:Trandoshan]] snake[[/labelnote]] sheds its skin.
*** In that case it was deliberate -- a criminal offered to hand over some [[HisNameIs crucial info]] in exchange for immunity from prosecution, money, and a way off planet, and was amused when an old enemy was sent to pick him up. He knew she needed the info and was too honorable to go against the deal, so he used this phrase to remind her that he had let the Trandoshan who had murdered a friend walk free.
** This really came out of the [[labelnote:asteroid belt.]] blue.[[/labelnote]]
*** Alternately, it came out of the black, as in deep space.
** "Like a [[labelnote:neutrino]] hot knife[[/labelnote]] through [[labelnote:plasma.]] butter.[[/labelnote]]"
*** A similar but less arbitrary example from one of the ''Literature/YoungJediKnights'' books: Lando says that a certain diamond drill can cut through durasteel just as easily as a laser can cut through Sullustan jam. It's not explained what property of Sullustan jam requires lasers to cut.
** A particularly egregious one: What time is it when an [[labelnote:Imperial AT-AT Walker]] elephant[[/labelnote]] steps on your [[labelnote:wrist chronometer?]] wristwatch?[[/labelnote]] Time to get a new [[labelnote:wrist chronometer.]] wristwatch.[[/labelnote]]
** Wedge Antilles is said to have ice water in his veins ''and'' cold-space lubricants for blood.
** "And then ask yourself if that doesn't make you look a bit like a [[labelnote:dewback's cloaca]]horse's arse[[/labelnote]]."
** "[[Literature/GalaxyOfFear He's]] a few [[labelnote:starships]] cans/sandwiches[[/labelnote]] short of a [[labelnote:fleet.]] six-pack/picnic.[[/labelnote]]."
** Tending children is like herding [[labelnote:Gammorean slime cats]] just plain cats[[/labelnote]].
** One of the ''Essential Guide'' books has "A game of [[labelnote:felinx]]cat[[/labelnote]] and [[labelnote:rodus]]mouse[[/labelnote]]". This despite the fact that a quick look on [[http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/List_of_references_to_Earth_in_Star_Wars#Animal_species Wookieepedia]] reveals that both cats and mice exist in-universe.
* The ''{{Redwall}}'' books love these. Some examples include "the [[labelnote:leaf]] pot[[/labelnote]] calling the [[labelnote:grass green]] kettle black[[/labelnote]]" and "I'll bet you an apple to an acorn" (the equivalent of "dollars to donuts").
** "If wishes were [[labelnote:fishes, there'd be no room in the river for water.]] horses, beggars would ride.[[/labelnote]]" (Also many creative insults, the best being "If brains were bread you'd have starved to death before you were born!")
** "There's more than one way of [[labelnote:frying a frog.]] skinning a cat.[[/labelnote]]" Weird, you'd think [[KnifeNut Ferahgo]] would love to talk about skinning things...
* From ''[[TheEschatonSeries The Iron Sunrise]]'' by Creator/CharlesStross, we have "Never bring a [[labelnote:tazer]] knife[[/labelnote]] to [[labelnote:an artillery duel]] a gun fight[[/labelnote]]", and the [=ReMastered=] philosophy "[[labelnote:Upload]] Kill[[/labelnote]] them all, [[labelnote:the unborn god]] God[[/labelnote]] will know [[labelnote:its]] his[[/labelnote]] own."
* ''TheHollows'' has several, such as "You look like the [[labelnote:vamp who drained the cat.]] cat who got the cream.[[/labelnote]]"
* Lots in the StarTrekNovelVerse:
** Like a [[labelnote:targ]] bat[[/labelnote]] out of [[labelnote:gre'thor.]] hell.[[/labelnote]] (Klingon)
** "If life hands you [[labelnote:ungaberries,]] lemons,[[/labelnote]] you've got to make [[labelnote:detergent.]] lemonade.[[/labelnote]]" (Ferengi)
** "Played me like a [[labelnote:Syn Lara.]] violin.[[/labelnote]]" (Trill)
** "The [[labelnote:Bloodwing's]] lion's[[/labelnote]] share", and "like [[labelnote:h'vart]] cats[[/labelnote]] in an alley." (Both Romulan)
** "The [[labelnote:pin]] straw[[/labelnote]] that broke the [[labelnote:zipthar’s wing]] camel's back"[[/labelnote]].(Human colonists on Deneva)
** "The [[labelnote:sauce]] icing[[/labelnote]] on the [[labelnote:slugsteak]] cake[[/labelnote]] (Ferengi)
** "Nervous as a tiku in a kava reap" (Bajoran)
** One that's almost the same: "Plenty of other Suckerfish in the River".
** "If Ice Bores kill your Ailicorne, make Ailicorne steaks". (Andorian). There are also the Andorian axioms "Absence makes the heart forget" and "What goes around comes around...but with a sharper knife".
** The Ferengi morality tale of "The Boy Who Cried Audit"
** "Like Honge on fresh meat" (Cardassian). Also the Cardassian saying "the enemy of my enemy is also my enemy, but may prove useful".
** "Sap and fog", for when Nasats are being dismissive.
** "Screw with the Mugato, you're getting the horn".
** "In a Tribble's eye!" (Which didn't need to be said, because [=McCoy=] uses the phrase "In a pig's eye!" in the original series).
* ''{{Dragaera}}'': In the book ''Issola'', Lady Teldra makes a reference to Vlad engaging in "gray humor". This is the equivalent of what we would call "black humor"- the difference is that in the series, black is the color of magic and ''gray is the color of death''.
** They also have "how many X does it take to sharpen a sword?" instead of {{Light Bulb Joke}}s.
* ''Literature/WarriorCats'' does this quite a bit.
** "When [[labelnote:hedgehogs]] pigs[[/labelnote]] fly!"
** "Don't be a scaredy-[[labelnote:mouse!]] cat![[/labelnote]]"
** "Don't get your [[labelnote:whiskers]] panties[[/labelnote]] in a [[labelnote:twist.]] bunch.[[/labelnote]]"
** "That's a load of [[labelnote:fox-dung!]] bullshit![[/labelnote]]"
** "You're [[labelnote:crow-food!]] dead meat![[/labelnote]]"
** "Cloudtail's [[labelnote:mew]] bark[[/labelnote]] is worse than his [[labelnote:scratch.]] bite.[[/labelnote]]"
** "We shall kill two [[labelnote:prey]] birds[[/labelnote]] with one [[labelnote:blow,]] stone,[[/labelnote]] as it were."
** "Who [[labelnote:made dirt]] pissed[[/labelnote]] in his [[labelnote:fresh-kill]] Cheerios[[/labelnote]]?"
** "You look as if you've lost a [[labelnote:rabbit]] pound[[/labelnote]] and found a [[labelnote:shrew]] penny[[/labelnote]]."
** "No use [[labelnote:wailing]] crying[[/labelnote]] over [[labelnote:lost prey]] spilled milk[[/labelnote]]."
* A clever and appropriate use in Robert Heinlein's ''Literature/StarshipTroopers'' novel, "...on the bounce." Its meaning ranges from along the lines of 'don't waste time' to 'stay alert', depending on the context it's used in.
* Rosalie hisses "Over my pile of ashes" in ''BreakingDawn''.
* In ''Insurrection'' ({{War of the Spider Queen}} series) one drow said "putting the cart before the lizard".
* In ''{{Safehold}}'', "kill the [[labelnote:wyvern]]goose[[/labelnote]] that [[labelnote:fetched]]laid[[/labelnote]] the golden [[labelnote:rabbit]]egg[[/labelnote]]."
** FridgeLogic: But why would you kill the wyvern out of greed? Does it puke up the rabbit after fetching it? And they have chickens on Safehold, so why not geese? Why not just use another bird in place of the goose? [[YourHeadAsplode Arrgh!]]
** Also, "between the [[labelnote:doomwhale]]Devil[[/labelnote]] and the deep blue sea."
** They also curse by Shan-Wei and put "Shan-Wei" instead of "Devil", as she's local Satan figure, ("Go to [[labelnote:Shan Wei's Hell]] Hell[[/labelnote]]!") and use Langhorne (greatest of the archangels) instead of God ("[[labelnote:Langhorne]]God[[/labelnote]] bless you" or "For [[labelnote:Langhorne's]]God's[[/labelnote]] sake!").
* ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'' by Creator/IsaacAsimov: "built like a [[labelnote:force-field latrine]]brick outhouse[[/labelnote]]." (If you're wondering about the practicality of a force-field latrine, note that [[FridgeBrilliance that's the point of the original metaphor]].)
* Literature/TheAutomaticDetective loves this trope -- among others, Mack, as [[PrivateEyeMonologue narrator]], once says that "Grey had me by the [[labelnote:directives]]balls[[/labelnote]]", and use of "exhaust port" (as per the {{Transformers}} example) is a common stand-in for "ass" in all manner of expressions.
* In ''Literature/DoraWilkSeries'' non-human characters use it a few times. Most notably, Dora puts "Goddess" instead of "God" in any place ("Oh my Goddess!", "For Goddess' sake!" among others) and Olaf (a werewolf) curses by "difficult change" instead of other light curses, whether they make sense in Doraverse or not.
* ''Literature/GuardiansOfGaHoole'' does this a few times. Most common is the use of "gizzard" in place of things like "know in my heart" or "bad feeling in my gut".
** "Are you [[labelnote:yoinks]]crazy[[/labelnote]]"?
** "Racdrops" is a common swear, short for "raccoon droppings".
** "Glaux" is used in place of "God" ie "Great Glaux!".
* HBeamPiper: one book replaced "hot knife" and "butter" with "fast neutrons" and "toilet paper".
* In the ''Literature/HonorHarrington'' novels, characters from planets other than Earth (most of the cast), typically substitute native fauna into their metaphors, such as "We've got the hexapuma[[note]]tiger[[/note]] by the tail" or "If you had the sense God gave a near-turkey". A few technological metaphors show up - "adding hydrogen[[note]]gasoline[[/note]] to the fire".
* The ''Literature/CiaphasCain'' series is fond of the phrase "going [[labelnote:ploin-shaped]]pear-shaped, a British idiom equivalent to "going very wrong"[[/labelnote]]."
* The [[LizardFolk Race]] in HarryTurtledove's ''{{Worldwar}}'' series do this a lot. Examples:
** "On the other [[labelnote:fork of the tongue]]hand[[/labelnote]]".
** "Getting under his [[labelnote:scales]]skin[[/labelnote]]".
** "Keep an [[labelnote:eye-turret]]eye[[/labelnote]] on him".
** "You must be [[labelnote:egg-addled]]crazy[[/labelnote]]!".
** "You are yanking my [[labelnote:tail-stump]]chain[[/labelnote]]."
** They also constantly swear "by the spirits of Emperors past" (cast down eye-turrets).
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* Creator/CharlesDickens in ''Series/DoctorWho'': "What the [[labelnote:Shakespeare?]] dickens?[[/labelnote]]"
** [[ShownTheirWork Oddly enough]], the phrase "what the dickens" actually appears ''in'' Shakespeare's writing and has nothing to do with the author Dickens at all ("the dickens" = "the Devil"), but it ''would'' be even odder for Charles Dickens to say "what the dickens".
** Then topped two seasons later when Shakespeare says "What the Chaucer?"
*** In "The Name of the Doctor", after the Doctor is conned by Clara's young charges, he mutters, "Why those little...[[labelnote:Daleks]]rascals[[/labelnote]]!"
* ''Series/StarTrekVoyager'' has "I didn't want to be a [[labelnote:third nacelle.]] 5th wheel[[/labelnote]]" (Ships in Franchise/StarTrek almost always have an even number of warp nacelles, usually 2)
* The ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "[[Recap/StarTrekS2E1AmokTime Amok Time]]" has one whose mundane equivalent isn't very common: "He's as tight-lipped as [[labelnote:an Aldeberan Shellmouth]]a clam[[/labelnote]]."
* On ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', Phlox referred to Archer's Freudian slips as "Pillarian slips".
* ''[[Series/BabylonFive Babylon 5]]'' manages to combine this with YiddishAsASecondLanguage when Ivanova says to Sheridan, "What am ''I'', chopped [[labelnote:flarn]]liver[[/labelnote]]?" ("Lines of Communication")
* In ''TheSuiteLifeOnDeck'': "Well I guess we're both up [[labelnote:the Ganges]] shit creek[[/labelnote]] without a paddle!
* ''{{Firefly}}'' has "Do I look like a complete backbirth?" as well as a few others.
* Battlestar Galactica - "frack"
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[[folder:Magazines]]
* ''Magazine/{{MAD}}'' #208, "Cattlecar Galaxica":
-->'''Adammit''': That was real brave of you to rescue me, Athinner! I'd like to thank you properly! How about dropping by my sleep bay and--\\
'''Athinner''': Not tonight! I have a Cranium Megahurt!\\
'''Adammit''': Hmmm! Some things never change--even in SIX millenniums!
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Common in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', e.g. "[[labelnote:Tonight,]] Today,[[/labelnote]] the world has changed."
** And in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', where the end times are referred to as "The final nights". Or in ''TabletopGame/HunterTheReckoning'' where one vampire prince references the eponymous hunters as [[IncrediblyLamePun The Final Knights]].
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[[folder:Theater]]
* ''Theatre/{{Wicked}}'': "Wait one [[labelnote:clock-tick]] second[[/labelnote]]."
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* The ''VideoGame/{{Discworld}}'' game:
-->'''Sleazy Guy:''' [[CoatFullOfContraband Care to buy]] [[labelnote:an hourglass?]] a watch?[[/labelnote]]\\
'''Rincewind:''' Where'd you get those?\\
'''Sleazy Guy:''' Fell off the back of a [[labelnote:donkey cart,]] truck,[[/labelnote]] sir!
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaPhantomHourglass'': Is Linebeck shaking over there?! He's such a [[labelnote:cucco]] chicken[[/labelnote]]!
** One of the [[VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaCDiGames CDi games]] has "I'm so hungry, I could eat [[labelnote:an octorok]] a horse![[/labelnote]]"
* Wakka instructs Tidus over the course of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyX'' to hold his chocobos. The Chocoboy of ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' instructed Squall to do the same. There's also Wakka's "son of a Shoopuf!" and another character's "...my shoopuf!"
** In Nautilus in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXIII'', there's a boy who asks his parent to give him a "chocoback ride."
* ''VideoGame/MassEffect2'' features an advertisement for a movie about "Blasto, the first [[StarfishAliens hanar]] Spectre", whose trademark phrases are "This one has no time for your solid waste excretions" and "[[VerbThis Enkindle THIS!]]"
** VideoGame/MassEffect3 features many excerpts from the movie, the humor of which often stems from this trope.
** When you first meet Legion, Tali mentions that a single geth would have no more intelligence than a wild varren. It makes more sense since varren are basically Space Dogs, and 99% of the characters, humans included, probably never saw a real life dog before.
** Quarians in general use the term "Keelah" in place of "God" [[note]] though literally it's probably closer to "ancestors," given [[AllThereInTheManual what the codex says about quarian religion.]][[/note]], and "Keelah se'lai" is said at the end of certain discussions, including the hearing in front of the admiralty board. Replace it with "God be with you", and it's a perfect fit.
*** ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'' reveals it to effectively mean "The homeworld which I shall one day see.", which is similar, given how mythical their homeworld is to the Quarians by this point.
** Inverted early on, at one point Vega brings up a more traditional "shooting fish in a barrel", which is a completely alien concept to Garrus.
** And most people would describe someone ballsy as having "a quad", as the krogan have four testicles.
* Dwarven curses in the ''Franchise/DragonAge'' setting include "Go take a long breath out of a short shaft," which from context and phrasing probably means "Go die in a hole."
** It might be a modification of "go take a long walk off a short pier", basically, "shut up" or "go f*ck yourself".
** The above saying most likely refers to the breathing of lyrium dust in the mines. Lyrium is basically the setting's magical macguffin, but it is very toxic to mortal beings. Breathing lyrium dust can, even in the best of circumstances, reduce you to a gibbering idiot, at worst, well...you don't want to know.
** They also use "Nug-humping" where a modern person would probably use "Motherfucking."
** In addition, there's the phrase "by the maker", as well as a few references to Andraste throughout both games.
* The ''MegaManBattleNetwork'' series has quite a few of these, primarily in the first three games, where the translators were using {{Woolseyism}}s:
** "I was [[labelnote:programmed]] born[[/labelnote]] ready!"
** "You scared me half to [[labelnote:deletion!]] death![[/labelnote]]"
** "Prepare to meet your [[labelnote:programmer!]] maker![[/labelnote]]"
* All over the place in VideoGame/{{Homeworld}}: Cataclysm. Some are reasonable, some are quite [[{{narm}} grating]].
-->'''Kuun-Lan Fleet Command'''''(agitated)'': Join the [[labelnote:Kiith]] club[[/labelnote]]!
* ''TalesOfMonkeyIsland'' has got LOADS of them, though a few examples are:
** "Davey J. Nipperkin doesn't go handing over his secret sources to every Tom, Dick, and [[labelnote:Guybrush]] Harry[[/labelnote]] that washes ashore!"
** "Anyone up for a quick game of Five Card [[labelnote:Draw-and-Quarter?]] Draw?[[/labelnote]] Follow the [[labelnote:Monkey?]] Queen?[[/labelnote]] [[labelnote:Męlée]] Texas[[/labelnote]] Hold 'Em?"
** "The Club has a strict 'No [[labelnote:Feet,]] Shoes,[[/labelnote]] No Service' clause."
** "Talk to the hand, sicko, 'cause the [[labelnote:pirate]] face[[/labelnote]] ain't listenin'!"
** "Accidentally, my [[labelnote:dorsal fin!]] ass![[/labelnote]]"
** "Does someone have a [[labelnote:cannon]] gun[[/labelnote]] to your head?"
** "...but that guy is [[labelnote:cannon]] [[TriggerHappy trigger]][[/labelnote]][[TriggerHappy -happy]]!"
** "Just my two [[labelnote:pieces of eight,]] cents,[[/labelnote]] sir."
** "[[labelnote:Blowholes]] Heavens[[/labelnote]] to Betsy, could it be?"
** "Hold onto your [[labelnote:pantalones!]] pants![[/labelnote]]"
** "Your honor, [[labelnote:pirates and wenches]] ladies and gentlemen[[/labelnote]] of the [[labelnote:gallery...]] jury...[[/labelnote]]"
** "...he seemed to think I could make a pretty [[labelnote:piece of eight]] penny[[/labelnote]] off of your untimely execution..."
** "Time is [[labelnote:grog,]] money,[[/labelnote]] Captain."
** "[[labelnote:Malevolence]] Beauty[[/labelnote]] is in the eye of the beholder, Guybrush Threepwood."
** "Tore through here like a [[labelnote:cat]] bat[[/labelnote]] outta hell, off into the jungle."
** "Mo' money, mo [[labelnote:ability to solve puzzles.]] problems.[[/labelnote]]"
** "That witch is nothing but [[TheMusicMan trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with]] [[labelnote:V,]] [[TheMusicMan P,]][[/labelnote]] [[TheMusicMan and that stands for]] [[labelnote:Voodoo.]] [[TheMusicMan pool.]][[/labelnote]]"
* VisualNovel/HatofulBoyfriend has repeated uses of "every[[labelnote:birdie]] body[[/labelnote]]".
* In ''VideoGame/StarWarsTheOldRepublic'', a Hutt remarks, "You say [[labelnote:keelpunah]] tomayto[[/labelnote]], I say [[labelnote:keepunah]] tomahto[[/labelnote]]."
* When playing ''VideoGame/SimAnt'', if the "Funny" captions are turned on, ants will often share gems such as "I've worked my [[labelnote:mandibles to the chitin]] fingers to the bone[[/labelnote]]."
* In ''VideoGame/{{Xenoblade}}'', you'll occasionally get phrases like "What on [[labelnote:Bionis]]Earth[[/labelnote]]?"
* After the CPU Breaker is defeated in {{VideoGame/Neptunia}} [[HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2 mk2]], Ram exclaims that she's "so hungry she could eat a horsebird."
* Used by specific characters rather than the world at large, but the third season of ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxFreelancePolice'' has a few.
-->'''Papierwaite:''' And why should I give a [[labelnote:hellbeast's hangnail]]rat's arse[[/labelnote]] what happens to your partner?
-->'''Papierwaite:''' I couldn't give [[labelnote:three figs]]a toss[[/labelnote]]!
** And a DummiedOut line has Skun-K'ape saying "You're [[labelnote:swinging on frayed vines]]skating on thin ice[[/labelnote]], magician".
* In ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'': "What [[labelnote:in OBLIVION]]the hell[[/labelnote]] is that?!"
** Speaking of said [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion Oblivion]], the [[MostAnnoyingSound Adoring Fan]]: "By Azura! By Azura! [[labelnote:By Azura!]]Essentially an OMG squee[[/labelnote]]"
* In ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights'' and ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2'', one voice choice for male player characters has the following "swear" emote: "You two-faced son of a [[labelnote:kobold]]bitch[[/labelnote]]!"
* ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest'':
** The HaveANiceDeath message for stepping onto the surface of Ortega in ''Space Quest III'' without protective clothing and melting is: "It's so hot you could fry a Vorlian phlegmsnake egg."
** "It's not over 'till the fat lady Orat spits" is a HaveANiceDeath message from ''Space Quest IV''.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Footloose}}'': "You've got about as much chance as [[labelnote:Hinckley had with Foster]] the ugly stepsisters had with Prince Charming.[[/labelnote]]"
* The webcomic ''SkinDeep'' has at least one: "What's got your [[labelnote:feathers in a turn?]] panties in a twist?[[/labelnote]]" (oddly enough, said to someone who doesn't have feathers.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Vexxarr}}'' gives us [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=050905 this]] version. ''[=BellSouth=]'' has [[ScaryDogmaticAliens the Bleen Empire]] by the Golgi Apparatus.
** [[http://www.vexxarr.com/archive.php?seldate=051605 Well, whatever glorts your gizzel...]]
* "I'm such a plague-head!" from ''MyMilkToof''.
* ''Webcomic/{{Digger}}''
** "Hold your [[labelnote:moles,]] horses,[[/labelnote]] I'm coming."
** "Never laid [[labelnote:eyestalks]] eyes[[/labelnote]]on one before."
** "I don't give a [[labelnote:gnawed shoot.]] rat's ass.[[/labelnote]]"
** "Don't [[labelnote:salt]] shoot[[/labelnote]] the messenger."
** " I'll make him regret the day he [[labelnote:slid out of his mother's pouch.]]was born.[[/labelnote]]
* ''OurLittleAdventure'' has a few:
** "For the love of the gods" replacing "For the love of God"
** "For Stellina's sake!" replacing "For Christ's sake!"
** "What in the three hells" replacing "What the hell"
** "What on Manjulias" replacing "What on Earth" (at least when the creator remembers to change it.)
* ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' plays this for laughs with the trolls, as part of the ExpospeakGag that is their biology and culture:
** "You can glub [[labelnote:to the content of your collapsing and expanding bladder based aquatic vascular system]]to your heart's content[[/labelnote]]."
** Karkat explaining a troll romance novel "THEIR DYNAMIC IS THE [[labelnote:GRUBLOAF AND TUBER PASTE]]bread and butter[[/labelnote]] OF THE OVERALL ARC."
** "I made my [[labelnote:recupracoon]]bed[[/labelnote]] and now I have to [[labelnote:wriggle around in its slime]]lie in it[[/labelnote]]."
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' has a fiend [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0861.html exclaiming]] "What the [[labelnote:Home Sweet Home]]Hell[[/labelnote]] is going on?"
* ''Webcomic/YetAnotherFantasyGamerComic'' came up with several variants of the old ones:
-->'''Charlotte''': [[http://yafgc.net/?id=409 This broad is a few components short of a cantrip.]]
-->'''Arachne''': [[http://yafgc.net/?id=410 Hyena chick isn't hunting with a full quiver of arrows.]]
** Clover adds [[http://yafgc.net/?id=542 more variations]].
* The godlike AI in ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' has a rather twisted sense of humor ([[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/2005-04-14 this one]] seems to spread in the fandom):
-->'''Schlock''': ...How did Petey get a [[labelnote:gestalt]] (i.e. ''full dump'' of AI)[[/labelnote]] off of a ''[[TheBattlestar battleplate]]''?
-->'''Kevyn''': I didn't ask, and all he said was "in for a penny, in for plutonium".
* ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' has a few, based on [[SteamPunk steam power and clockwork]], such as "Get [[labelnote:wound]]bent[[/labelnote]]!" and "runing around like headless [[labelnote:constructs]]chickens[[/labelnote]]".
* ''StarslipCrisis'' parodies this hard, sometimes by adding needless adjectives to a phrase and sometimes by just putting "space-" in front of a word. (As in "Oh, space-hell!")
-->'''Cutter:''' Today I kill two Salaxian birds with one Hethomorian laser-stone.
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', Chika [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2011-07-11 explains to Amanda]] what might be the reason Amanda doesn't remember answering a particular [[FourthWallMailSlot Q&A question]] previously.
-->'''Chika''': You were pretty [[labelnote:shrunk]]drunk[[/labelnote]] at the time, but...
* In "A Brief Moment of Culture", Jeffrey Channing Wells's Very Long ''{{Narbonic}}'' fanfic, Artie the superintelligent gerbil reflects "Mell was playing in my [[labelnote:dust bath]]sand box[[/labelnote]] now".
* ''Webcomic/{{Gaia}}'':
** [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2012/06/26/shadowdancers-027/ "Go jump [[labelnote:into the Void]]in a lake[[/labelnote]]!"]]
** [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2011/11/14/the-red-hall-013/ "What in [[labelnote:Bhaal's]]God's[[/labelnote]] name?!"]]
** [[http://www.sandraandwoo.com/gaia/2013/01/22/shadowdancers-077/ "Dear [[labelnote:Gaia]]God[[/labelnote]]!"]]
* Webcomic/Housepets!
-->''"King"'': Son of a [[labelnote:charming young woman]]bitch[[/labelnote]]!
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Roleplay/RedDawnPlus20: [[HitlerAteSugar Chebrikov Ate Sugar]].
* ThisVeryWiki will sometimes alter trope names to fit the work that the page is dedicated to. Especially the JustForFun page for JustForFun/DaringDo, where all the tropers are supposed to be sentient horses, zebras, griffons, etc.
* The Literature/BastardOperatorFromHell declares himself to be "up a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/10BASE2 thinwire]] without a terminator" in one story.
* In ''Roleplay/{{AJCO}}'' there is a blink-and-you'll-miss-it example during a conversation between Kube (a [[PlantAliens Plant Alien]]) and Vinnie (raised by Plant Aliens):
--> '''''' *pushes Vinnie back into bed* Easy there, [[labelnote:tigerlily!]] tiger![[/labelnote]]
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* In the ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' animated series, disobedient children get [[labelnote:beached]] grounded[[/labelnote]].
** Also:
-->'''Triton:''' What [[labelnote:under the sea]] on Earth[[/labelnote]] is going on?!
* ''WesternAnimation/TheJetsons'': "That's the way the [[labelnote:satellite spins.]] cookie crumbles.[[/labelnote]]"
** "Jumping [[labelnote:Jupiter!]] Jehosephat![[/labelnote]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': "That's the way the [[labelnote:boulder bounces.]] cookie crumbles.[[/labelnote]]"
** "Just a [[labelnote:rock]] cotton[[/labelnote]] pickin' minute.
* ''PacMan'', the AnimatedSeries: "Over my [[labelnote:chomped]] dead[[/labelnote]] body!''
* ''[[WesternAnimation/SuperMarioBros The Super Mario Bros. Super Show]]'': "That's the way the [[labelnote:meatball bounces.]] cookie crumbles.[[/labelnote]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has "You sound like a broken [[labelnote:[=MP3=].]] record.[[/labelnote]]" and Is the Space Pope [[labelnote:Reptillian]] Pope Catholic[[/labelnote]]?
* ''{{Transformers}}'' does this a lot, replacing certain lines in stock phrases with robotic related terms, especially when talking about body-parts. It also uses this technique for GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': "Get your [[labelnote:muzzle]] nose[[/labelnote]] out of those books."
** "You little [[labelnote:foal!]] fool![[/labelnote]]"
** "What the [[labelnote:hay?]] hell/heck?[[/labelnote]]"
*** This one's a borderline example because it's also a commonly used substitute in RealLife.
** "Every/Any/Some/No[[labelnote:pony]] body[[/labelnote]]" on many occasions.
** "Old [[labelnote:pony's/mare's]] wives'[[/labelnote]] tale."
** "Goody [[labelnote:four]]two[[/labelnote]]-shoes."
** "Well, well, well, it seems we have some [[labelnote: neeeigh-sayers]] nay-sayers[[/labelnote]] in the audience!"
** "It's time to [[labelnote:pony]] man[[/labelnote]] up and confront Zecora!"
*** Somewhat hilariously, "pony up" ''is'' genuine slang for "pay up," which changes the line's meaning a bit.
** "[[labelnote:Fillies and gentlecolts]] Ladies and gentlemen[[/labelnote]]."
** "Nopony else gives a flying [[labelnote:feather]]fuck[[/labelnote]]!"
** "Who in the [[labelnote:hoof]]hell/heck[[/labelnote]] is that?"
** The UK trailers have "lend a helping [[labelnote:hoof]]hand[[/labelnote]]".
** "You... get down here... this instant... young... [[labelnote:colt!]]man![[/labelnote]]"
** The fandom also tends to use "flank" or "Rump" in place of "ass" or "butt", like "flank-hurt", "dat flank", or "badflank".
*** "Buck" is also commonly used instead of the similar sounding four-letter word, though at least [[http://veggie55.deviantart.com/art/Censor-Repercussions-294683398 one comic]] has noted the problems with that.
** Well, Whallop my Withers.
** [[labelnote:Wings]]Feet[[/labelnote]], don't fail me now!
** What [[labelnote:in Equestria]]on Earth[[/labelnote]] is going on in here?
** "Gabby Gums is my bread and butter, and I'm not gonna let you [[labelnote:goody-two-horseshoes]]goody-two-shoes[[/labelnote]] take that away from me!"
** "You're [[labelnote:bucking]]beating[[/labelnote]] a dead[[{{Beat}} ...]] [[labelnote:tree]]horse[[/labelnote]]".
*** ''Literally''.
** "Hold on to your [[labelnote:hooves]]horses/hats[[/labelnote]]!"
* ''MaryokuYummy'': "[[labelnote:Yum's]]Mum's[[/labelnote]] the word."
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventuresOfTheGalaxyRangers'': Upon having to fight their way out of a Earth-government facility, running from the Space Navy, and learning they're headed for [[WretchedHive Tortuna]]. "Out of the [[labelnote:blast furnace,]] frying pan,[[/labelnote]] and into the [[labelnote:converter!]] fire![[/labelnote]]"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "The [[labelnote:Algae]]Grass's[[/labelnote]] Always Greener": "A rolling stone gathers no [[labelnote:Algae!]] moss![[/labelnote]]"
** What was first? The [[labelnote:oyster]]chicken[[/labelnote]] or the [[labelnote:pearl]]egg[[/labelnote]]?
* A number of phrases on ''MissSpidersSunnyPatchFriends'' (which focuses on the adventures of sentient insects and other bugs), but most particularly "hold your horseflies!"
* The main character in ''WidgetTheWorldWatcher'' likes to replace words of common sayings by something space-based.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBuzzOnMaggie'': Oh, [[labelnote:bug]]God[[/labelnote]].
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': "Oh, my [[labelnote:Grod/Glob/Gob]]God[[/labelnote]]!"
** "What the [[labelnote:math]]heck/hell/fuck[[/labelnote]]?"
* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' has these in the "Go God Go" episodes, in the atheistic future, things like "Oh my [[labelnote:science]]God[[/labelnote]]!" and "What in [[labelnote:science's]]God's[[/labelnote]] name?".
* ''ReBoot'' used computer jargon to get crap past the radar:
** "Me and good old Frisket just kicked Megabyte's [[labelnote:bitmap]]butt[[/labelnote]]!"
** "If you ask me, they're just covering their [[labelnote:[=ASCIIs=]]]asses[[/labelnote]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Monsuno}}'' uses "Aw, [[labelnote:crag]]crap[[/labelnote]]." several times. At one point Chase refers to someone as "A pain in my [[labelnote:Core]]butt/ass[[/labelnote]]."
* ''WesternAnimation/PoundPuppies2010'' uses this a few times.
** "Rebound" gives us Squirt's line "You scratch my [[labelnote:belly]]back[[/labelnote]], I scratch yours."
** In "[=McLeish=] Unleashed", Lucky's reaction to [[PoundsAreAnimalPrisons the changes]] [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Milton Feltwattle]] makes to Shelter 17 is "Oh my [[labelnote:Dog]]God[[/labelnote]], he ''is'' serious!"
* Both ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' have multiple references to the MixAndMatchCritters that inhabit their world that match this trope perfectly.
** "He's not a one-trick poodle-pony."
** "That weasel-snake!"
** Aang is such a pacifist, he even helps "the spider-fly stuck in its own web."
** At one point in ''Korra'', Mako advises his brother Bolin to handle a breakup quickly, "like pulling off a [[labelnote:leech]]bandage[[/labelnote]]." While this was a bit of SelfDeprecation about how Mako didn't do just that in his own breakup last season, it wound up being a poor choice of words on the creators' part as they had to reassure viewers that Mako was ''not'' in fact calling his ex-girlfriend a leech.
* ThreeTwoOnePenguins:
** "For the love of [[labelnote:herring]]God[[/labelnote]]! Would someone please turn that off that infernal noise!"
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* There was a story in ''Reader's Digest'' about a student of medieval history who explained she was far too busy to do something by saying "I've just got too much on my [[labelnote:trencher]] plate[[/labelnote]]."
* Some foreign proverbs translated into your language (which have an equivalent) can look like this. For instance, the English proverb "The grass is always greener on the other side" becomes "The cherries in your neighbor's garden are always sweeter" in German. (''Die Kirschen in Nachbars Garten schmecken immer süßer.'')
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[[folder:Other]]
* People will jokingly ask "What do atheists say during sex?" or what phrases they use to replace "Oh my God." and "Jesus Christ" and the answer is, in the joke at least, something like "Oh my science." or something to that effect.
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