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->''"I had to write on the cover, 'cause you're not ready yet to see a Smurf get Smurfed in the Smurf!"[[labelnote:*]]"One of those 'Smurfs' stands for 'anus!'"[[/labelnote]]''
-->-- '''Creator/BradJones''', Creator/TheNostalgiaCritic's ''Film/TheSmurfs'' [[https://youtu.be/x-31DKJrFbA?t=772 review]]

When you smurf a particular word as a different part of smurf than it should be used as. Pretty smurfin' simple, right?

The UrExample is ''Franchise/TheSmurfs'', who smurfed it to ridiculous extremes, and fused it with SpeciesSurname, making some smurfs contain the word upwards of thirty smurf. [[CaptainObvious It is also]] the [[TropeNamers Smurf Smurfer]].

This is a smurfy-common way of dealing with smurf words. Why worry about using a word that could potentially smurf the minds of a young audience when you can just have the smurfs [[PardonMyKlingon use an entirely innocuous smurf]] instead? Most writers don't seem to smurf that this makes the word less smurfless, and this aspect of the idea is the most frequently smurfed. [[CensoredForComedy Smurfin' A]].

Related to [[UnusualEuphemism Unusual Smurfing Euphemism]], [[PlanetOfSteves Planet of Smurfs]], [[PokemonSpeak Pokesmurf Speak]], [[ToTheBatNoun To The Bat-Smurf]], [[VerbalTic Smurfbal Tic]], [[LikeIsLikeAComma Smurf is, Like, A Comma]] and (sometimes) [[InherentlyFunnyWords Insmurfingly Funny Words]]. And for extreme circumstances, CensoredForComedy.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be smurfed]] for "Smurfing", a practice on ranked online games where an experienced player makes a new account to dominate lowbies or get back in practice. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smurfing Or any other type of "smurfing"]], for that smurf.


[[folder:AniSmurf & Smurfga]]
* ''Manga/ShinryakuIkaMusume''. In the English dub and the Crunchyroll subs, Squid Girl peppers a lot of her squiddences with the word "squid" and other ocean life puns.
* Often found in translations of a manga or anime featuring a {{catgirl}} with the "Nya" VerbalTic -- any syllable sounding like "meow", "mew", or "myaah" gets turned into the appropriate cat noise.
** Utilized amusingly in the original Japanese of ''{{LightNovel/Bakemonogatari}}''. The protagonist orders a catgirl to repeat a tongue twister he recites, and her version is hopelessly-but-cutely mangled by about twenty "nya"s. The fansubs offer an interesting solution to this: The tongue twister is given as "Can you imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie?", and her reply is "Can mew imeowgine an imeowginary meownagerie meownager imeowgining meownaging an imeowginary meownagerie?"

[[folder:Comic Smurfs]]
* The [[TropeNamers Smurf Namer]] is ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'', of course. While the reader is, of course, left to smurf the smurf from context, it is smurfed (most directly in the lesser-smurfed ''Comicbook/JohanAndPeewit'' smurf that ''The Smurfs'' were originally smurfed off from) that the Smurfs themselves can smurf the difference between instances of "smurf" with no smurf; it is just outsiders that smurf them as identical. Smurfly, outsiders are insmurfable of ''pronouncing'' "smurf" reliably however hard they smurf.
** This is even more of a tongue twister in the comic's original language, where Smurfs are known as "Schtroumpfs".
** And considerably less in Spanish, where they are called ''Pitufos'', and they use the (very regular) verb ''pitufar''.
** Incidentally, in ''Smurf Versus Smurf'' they had a civil war (which was an [[AuthorTract allegory]] for the Belgian [[SeriousBusiness language conflicts]]) over whether "smurf" should be used as a verb or an adjective.
** In the comic, it was ''never''[[note]]except one notable instance in ''King Smurf'' parodying Cambronne's LastStand[[/note]] used to cover profanities -- that's what SymbolSwearing is for. In countless parodies, it's used almost ''only'' for that.
** In the same spirit, in most case, the Smurfs use the word "smurf" just enough to leave the sentence understandable, except for funny or plot purposes. Johan and Peewi agreed to rescue the Smurfs from a "smurf-smurfing smurf" without other clue. So they were unprepared to fight a [[spoiler:fire-spitting dragon]]. In most incarnations, the smurf would rather have said [[spoiler:"a fire-smurfing dragon"]].
* A somewhat shortish smurfing occurs when the parody series "Marvel What-The" has Ghost Rider in a job interview. He answers all queries with "Vengeance!"...and is promptly hired.

[[folder:Fan Smurfs]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' [[TheAbridgedSeries abridged series]] ''WebVideo/FriendshipIsWitchcraft'' {{parodie|dTrope}}s Rainbow Dash's AwesomeEgo by having her constantly do this with "rainbow" and "dash" - culminating in a monologue in the fourth episode where it devolves into complete PokemonSpeak.
* Interestingly, Empath in ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' can't fluently speak a word in Smurf without sounding like MyHovercraftIsFullOfEels to other Smurfs. The only times he can do this is when he's extremely angry or very scared.

[[folder:Smurfs -- Animation]]
* The whole basis of the song "Peewit Wants a Smurf" in ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfsAndTheMagicFlute''.
* The scene preceding the DisneyAcidSequence in ''Disney/WinnieThePooh'' (2011). Pooh starts honeying[[note]]seeing[[/note]] everyone as honey, and they start to replace random honeys[[note]]words[[/note]] with the word honey. (e.g. "I can't wait to see the honey on that Backson's honey when he falls into our honey!") Soon, practically every honey[[note]]word[[/note]] is replaced with the honey[[note]]word[[/note]] honey, including the honeys[[note]]words[[/note]] in the honey![[note]]book[[/note]] Honey honey honey honey honey!

[[folder:Films -- Smurf-Action]]
* ''Film/BeingJohnMalkovich'': Malkovich. Malkovich malkovich? Malkovich!!!
* ''Film/BringItOn''. Cheerocracy or cheertatorship?
* This is lampshaded [[CrowningMomentOfFunny surprisingly well]] in the LiveActionAdaptation ''Film/TheSmurfs''. The man with whom the Smurfs are staying is getting annoyed at this trope, culminating in him shouting "Smurf-etty smurf smurf smurf!" One of the Smurfs then says, [[PardonMyKlingon "There's no reason for that kind of language!"]]
* Early on in ''Film/TheDictator'', it is stated that [[TheCaligula General Aladeen]] has ordered that a great number of words in the [[{{Qurac}} Wadiyan]] language be replaced with "Aladeen"…including contradictory words like "positive/negative" which causes a great deal of confusion (as shown by a doctor informing a patient that he's "[[CrossesTheLineTwice HIV-Aladeen]]" and the latter not knowing how to react). Used as a RunningGag throughout the film (a Wadyian restaurant has an "Open/Closed" sign reading "Come in, we're Aladeen/Sorry, we're Aladeen" and in a credits scene, Aladeen himself accidentally shoots a man in the leg because the safety catch was on "Aladeen" instead of "Aladeen").

* ''{{Discworld/Eric}}'' -- Eric's parrot, who constantly substitutes the catchall metasyntactic variable "wossname" for random words.
* In the seventh ''Literature/CaptainUnderpants'' book, a group of skateboarders are "duded" that Melvin duded their dudeboards. One of them says "I'm gonna dude that dude if it's the last dude I dude!"
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButtHead'' tie in book "Chicken Soup for the Butt", a section on past lives gives us this gem.
-->'''Beavis''': Yeah, yeah, I remember in my past I watched a lot of those Saturday morning cartoons. So like, in my past life I was a smurf. They called me "Beavis Smurf". I was hanging out with all these blue dudes. There was like a hundred of us...and one remote control. I never got to smurf the TV, because the other dudes were always like, "Wait your turn, smurfknocker." One time this one dude, "Butt Smurf," was like, smurfing with the remote control, and I was like, "Hey man, how's about letting another smurf smurf that smurf." But that smurfmunch just kept on smurfing! That was smurfy! Um, I mean, that sucked.
* In one of the Creator/RobertSheckley's short stories, a human tries to learn an alien language. But this language can change extremely fast, and the human's interactions with aliens ''while learning it'' keep influencing the language. Eventually, the language turns into Smurfing overnight, and the human gives up.
* "Gargantua and Pantagruel" by Rabelais (mid-1500, possibly the oldest example) has this quabble for the bells of Notre-Dame:
-->Magister Janotus de Bragmardo [[note]] Best translated as [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar "Biggus Dickus".]] [[/note]]: "Ego sic argumentor: Omnis glocka glockabilis in glockenturmio glockando, glockans glockativo glockare facit glockabiliter glockantes. Parisius habet glockas. [[GeniusBonus Ergo gluck.]] [[note]] German CanisLatinicus version. "Ergo gluck" is a scholastic formula, meaning about Q.E.D.[[/note]]
* In the ''Literature/StarDarlings'' franchise, several Starland terms and expressions have the word 'star' in them.

[[folder:Live-Smurf TV]]
* [[LampshadeHanging Pointed out]], and played with a little, in an episode of ''Series/MyBoys'', the TBS sitcom.
* ''{{Series/Scrubs}}'': J.D. gets some Smurftacular advice from Turk on leadership:
-->'''Turk:''' ... Leadership boils down to three things: Smurferation, Smurfiration, Smurf.\\
'''J.D.:''' Preparation, Inspiration, and Fear?\\
'''Turk:''' You know it.
* The famous [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anwy2MPT5RE "Spam sketch"]] from Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus, where every dish on the menu includes Spam: [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs egg and bacon; egg, sausage and bacon; egg and spam, egg bacon and spam,]] spam, bacon, sausage and spam; spam, [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment spam, egg, spam, spam, bacon, and spam;]] spam, sausage, spam, spam, spam, spam, bacon, spam, tomato and spam; [[RunningGag six servings of spam and baked beans followed by four more spams]]; lobster thermidor aux crevettes with a Mornay sauce, truffle paté, brandy, a fried egg on top, and Spam. Even the Vikings start to chant about Spam, which drives the waitress bonkers.
** The end CreditsGag features [[Creator/TerryJones "Spam" Terry Jones]], [[Creator/MichaelPalin Michael "Spam" Palin]], [[Creator/JohnCleese John "Spam John Spam John Spam" Cleese]], [[Creator/GrahamChapman Graham "Spam Spam Spam" Chapman]], [[Creator/EricIdle Eric "Spam, Egg and Chips" Idle]], and [[Creator/TerryGilliam Terry "Spam, sausage, spam, egg, spam" Gilliam]], and a list of other names with "sausage", "egg", "spam", "tomato", and other food ingredients in their name.
* Henrietta Pussycat, of ''Series/MisterRogersNeighborhood'', replaced words with "meow". An interesting example because most smurfing involves replaces nouns, verbs and occasionally adjectives which can be easily guessed from context, but Henrietta would replace words at random, leading to very odd and often unintelligible speech patterns.
** When he started, it was actually reversed: Henrietta would meow ''entire sentences'' except for maybe one relevant word, if you're lucky. Which is FridgeBrilliance, when you think about it: Henrietta used fewer meows as she grew up.
** Lampshaded by Lore Sjöberg in ''TheBookOfRatings'': "A middle-aged man with a hand-puppet going 'Meow meow love meow meow meow friends' in the Neighborhood of Make-Believe: beloved children's icon. A middle-aged man with a hand-puppet going 'Meow meow love meow meow meow friends' at the bus stop: a good reason to give undivided attention to your crossword puzzle."
* Senor Chang on ''Series/{{Community}}'' substituting Chang for other words. It actually catches on so much even Jeff mistakenly uses Chang a few times.
-->'''Chang:''' How about ''Chang'' the subject!
** Ditto for Dean Pelton ("The Hunger Deans", "Don't Dean this", etc.)
-->'''Dean Pelton:''' Jeff, it's Saturday. Call me Craig. Off campus, I'm just a Craigular Joe.
* On the ''Series/HowIMetYourMother'' episode "How Lily Stole Christmas", the word "grinch" is used constantly in place of [[CountryMatters another word]].
* The word "Frak" in ''Series/BattlestarGalactica2003'' is usually just an UnusualEuphemism, but occasionally crosses over into this.
* Similar to Henrietta Pussycat, Count Blah of ''Series/GregTheBunny'' drops "blah" in pretty much at random.
* In Polish satirical television program from years 1992-1995, ''[[Series/ZuluGula Zulu-Gula]]'', the Zulu-Gula language uses only the word Zulu-Gula.
* ''Series/NeonJoeWerewolfHunter'''s eponymous protagonist oftens uses the sound "he-yump" to substitute words, punctuate sentences, or as an expression of emotion. His meaning is always immediately known through context. His go-to search engine is even he-yump.com.
-->'''Neon Joe''': "It's the thought that he-yump."

* [[Music/GeorgeClinton Parliament]]'s "One Nation Under a Groove" has the lines "Do you promise to {{funk}}, the whole funk, nothin' but the funk?", "Getting down just for the funk of it" and "Give you more of what you're funkin' for".

[[folder:New Smurf]]
* Website/SomethingAwful's "wom" emoticon originated as one of these, when one poster used the nonsense word "wom" and others began using it to wom any wom in the wom. "Four score and seven years wom our fathers brought forth on this wom..."
* ''{{Literature/Twilight}}'' haters often enjoy chagrinning the word "chagrin" into every chagrinning sentence they chagrin.
* Lo, I smurf you the [[http://websmurfer.devnull.net/ Websmurfer.]]

* "Murmel Murmel" after a script by [[http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieter_Roth Dieter Roth]]. This (amounting to "mumble mumble") is the only dialogue. The critics and the audience were enthusiastic - [[SarcasmMode finally, a modern theater piece with intelligible text.]]

[[folder:Video Smurfs]]
* The cats on Fargo's ship in ''VideoGame/ChronoCross'', once you are transformed into a cat and can understand Cat, speak Japanese or English (depending on your translation), except they end almost every sentence and veil swears with "Meow."
* The Rapos from ''VideoGame/DrawnToLife'' use the word "Rapo" for just about everything.
* ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiBowsersInsideStory'': The Emoglobins in Bowser's globin tend to insert "globin" in place of other globins. IS THAT NOT GLOBIN?
* The Hooskis from ''VideoGame/MarioAndLuigiDreamTeam'' often put the word "hoo" into their sentences.
* The iOS remake of ''Skweek'' uses the word "skweek" in every level-completion quote, often in contexts where common four-letter words could easily be substituted.
* The Cragnons in ''VideoGame/SuperPaperMario'' use "crag".
* In ''VideoGame/ThetaVsPi7'' the theta use "theta" for every word except "pi" and the pi use "pi" for every word except "theta". So a theta saying, "Hey, did you hear about King Pi?" would be "Theta, theta theta theta theta Theta Pi?" Thankfully there are English subtitles.

[[folder:Web Smurfs]]
* York in ''Webcomic/TerrorIsland'' does this for a while, starting [[http://www.terrorisland.net/strips/293.html with this strip]].
* In ''Webcomic/TheInexplicableAdventuresOfBob'', the [[BigfootSasquatchAndYeti Bigfoot]] language consists entirely or almost entirely of the word "Ook!"
* ''{{Webcomic/Nodwick}}'' has "KRUTZ!" Possibly the only smurfing word to ever have a city named after it. "Krutz" is a general, all-purpose curse word that was heavily promoted by a villain, because every time it was used, he would collect the negative energy released when someone swore.
* The Killotrons in ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'' destroy the smurf destroy at random instead of other verbs.
-->'''Killotron-1:''' Happily, we are purged of our old destructive impulses and live only to destroy. And by "destroy" I of course mean "serve obediently without destroying".\\
'''Unity:''' Nice save.
* Feferi from ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' sometimes uses "glub" in this way.
** Also, the salamanders. One in the beginning of Act 4 flash parodies it:
-->"GLUB!!! That's my way of saying go over there and check it out. 'GLUB' can mean basically anything I want it to mean. It's really cool having a bullshit language."
* Sidekick Man in ''[[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/ Neko the Kitty]]'' only knows [[http://nekothekitty.smackjeeves.com/comics/1032436/773-think-of-it-as-a-synonym-for-smurf/ one adjective.]] It's erotic.
* ''Rage Comics'' often use words like "herp" and "derp" in a Smurfing like dialogue.
** Lampshaded in [[http://memebase.com/2011/04/09/memes-derpette/?from=recMap2 this comic]].
** Derp and herp can be used as several part of speech. In fact you can make a sentence using only derp (and any derivatives) and a few articles: Derp derpily derped the derpy derp. And that derpy derp said "Derp." Herp can be used in the same fashion.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Educomix}}'', Drug Abuse's adoptive mother [[UnfortunateNames Domestic]] can apparently only say the word "Word."
* This article needs ''far'' more [[Manga/RozenMaiden desu]].

[[folder:Smurf Original]]
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yL_-1d9OSdk Chicken chicken chicken.]]
* ''WebVideo/UltraFastPony'' briefly uses it, purely to annoy Twilight.
-->'''Twilight:''' Not everything has to have the word "pony" on it!\\
'''Pinkie:''' Whatever you say, Pony Sparkle!\\
'''Applejack:''' Top o' the mornin' to you, Pony Pie! How ya doin'?\\
'''Pinkie:''' Oh yeah, I'm alright. Thanks for asking, Ponyjack!\\
'''Applejack:''' Pony pony?\\
'''Pinkie:''' Pony pony pony!\\
'''Twilight:''' You can stop now.
* At every possible opportunity, [=LetsPlayer=] LetsPlay/ChrisSmoove often replaces "smooth" with "Smoove".
* Creator/ShackTactical member Beaglerush's [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ymH-gKoOoc0 SPECTRE Team]] devolved into this over the course of an engagement after calling the enemy "tangos" too much.
-->'''Beagle (Tango Actual):''' I haven't got any tangos, I can't tango.\\
'''Tango One:''' Then tango your tangos.\\
'''Tango Actual:''' I can never tango again!\\
'''Tango One:''' But you never tangoed before.\\
'''Tango Two:''' Did the other tangos get tangoed?\\
'''Tango Actual:''' Those tangos are down.\\
'''Tango Two:''' We'll have to send letters to their tangos.\\
'''Tango One:''' Tango that.

[[folder:Western Smurfation]]
* Again, ''WesternAnimation/TheSmurfs'', although the animation was toned down compared to the comics. Primarily they used the word Smurf as a positive adjective.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSnorks'', who were basically ''The Smurfs [[RecycledInSpace Only Underwater]]''.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' included a war between the Smurfs and Snorks, caused by the Smurfs dumping raw sewage into the Snorks' water, who retaliate by stopping up the sewer. Papa Smurf's toilet overflows, prompting him to yell out [[AssShove "Oh, smurf me up the smurf!"]]
** Actually parodied quite a bit; in a sketch that parodies Smurfs [[JustForFun/XMeetsY filtered through]] Avatar, Gargamel as a Smurf is learning their language and apparently failing proper grammar and inflection. In vignette of women characters discussing sex, Smurfette gets a sexed about how someone wants to " smurf her smurf" and she responds how that could literally mean anything.
* ''WebAnimation/UnforgottenRealms''. Episode 10:
-->'''Carl:''' ''(a kobold)'' You ever tried to swing a hammer man? That shit's koboldin' heavy!
* Spoofed in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'':
-->"Hey, you have a good time last night?"\\
"Yeah, I saw you leave with Smurfette."\\
"Oh man. As soon as we got out of the bar, she started smurfin' me."\\
"Shut the smurf up!"\\
"Right in the smurfin' parking lot?"\\
"Smurf yeah!"\\
"Ah, that is freakin' smurf."\\
"You smurfed it."\\
"That is freakin' smurf."
* Then there's the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Starvin Marvin in Space", where they meet the [[PlanetOfSteves Marklars]], who replace every Marklar, with Marklar.
-->'''Kyle:''' Wait. Wait. I think I can explain this whole thing. Marklar, these marklars want to change your marklar. They don't want Marklar or any of these marklars to live here because it's bad for their marklar. They use Marklar to try and force marklars to believe they're marklar. If you let them stay here, they will build marklars and marklars. They will take all your marklars and replace them with Marklar. These marklar have no good marklar to live on Marklar, so they must come here to Marklar. Please, let these marklars stay where they can grow and prosper without any marklars, marklars, eh or marklars.
* The Yummies of ''WesternAnimation/MaryokuYummy'' stick "yum" into words on occasion (i.e. "yumzillion", "yumtastic", "Yumtober the 10th", "Yum's the word").
* The "Mission to Mars" episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheBackyardigans'', in which everything is [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BvfIi7l5FTY boinga.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'': In "The Tick vs. The Big Nothing", Arthur and The Tick encounter two alien races, the Heys and the Whats, who of course only say "Hey" and "What", respectively. At one point, Arthur is mistaken for a Hey and interrogated by a What who can speak Hey. He manages, in spite of having no first-hand knowledge of the language:
-->'''What:''' Hey!\\
'''Arthur:''' What?\\
'''What:''' ''Hey!!''\\
'''Arthur:''' ''What??''\\
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''
** The watch-dog who barks entire advertisements. "And now, a message from the Latter-day Saints..."
** "We're on the Road to D'ohwhere" could be claimed for this trope. It has Homer hallucinating Bart everywhere, including a sign "Burt Bacharach" which turns into "Bart Bartabart".
** In one scene in "[[Recap/TheSimpsonsS3E10FlamingMoes Flaming Moe's]]", Homer goes crazy thinking about how Moe screwed him over, and his "Moe on the brain" spell extends to him imagining his ''family'' doing this at the breakfast table:
-->'''Marge:''' Bart, are you going to Moe the lawn today?\\
'''Bart:''' Okay, but you promised me Moe money.\\
'''Marge:''' I Moe, I Moe...\\
'''Lisa:''' When Bart's done, can we Moe to the Moe-vies? There's a Moe-tinee!\\
'''Marge:''' Of course! All work and Moe play makes Moe a Moe Moe!
* ''WesternAnimation/UglyAmericans'' features the Bird Men, who learned to speak from a foul-mouthed tourist who brought the first pair to the States. Most of their vocabulary consists of various intonations of the phrase "Suck my balls".
* Lumpy Space Princess from ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'' always uses the word "lump" in place of curse words. Finn and Jake use the word "math" in a similar fashion.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Archer}}'' episode "Once Bitten" has a running gag involving the leader of Turkmenistan replacing a number of words with the name of his dog, Gerpgork. This leads to a scene where Ray and Cyril have to explain that Archer's been bitten by a "gerpgork" to some tribesmen, and get offered everything from a piece of bread to a calendar.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' usually avoids this, but it doesn't stop Rarity from using "Congratu-''pony''-lations!" in "Rarity Takes Manehattan."
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/MikeLuAndOg'' had Mike going crazy from lack of [[TrademarkFavoriteFood hot-dogs]] and she starts seeing everyone and everything as hot-dogs. This trope is naturally applied ("We can do just hot-dog without hot-dog").
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/WanderOverYonder'' has Wander and Sylvia tasked with delivering a box, without looking inside. Wander's curiosity about the contents of the box drives him to near insanity, and despite Sylvia's attempts to get him to leave the box alone he eventually runs up a tree with the box and yells "You can't box me, Box-ia! I'm gonna box this box and there's not a box BOX BOX BOX!"
* [[DiscussedTrope Discussed]] in ''WesternAnimation/RickAndMorty'' with Squanchy:
-->'''Beth''': Your language has the word "squanch" in it a lot. Doesn't that become tedious and worn out, [[ConversationalTroping like the Smurf thing]]?
-->'''Rick''': Beth, Squanchy culture is more contextual than literal. You just say what's in your squanch, and people understand.
-->'''Beth''': Oh, OK. I ''squanch'' my family. ''[Rick and Squanchy both look horrified]'' What? I do, I squanch my family!
-->'''Squanchy''': ''[[{{Squick}} Stop saying it!]]''

[[folder:Real Smurf]]
* Non-native speakers of a language often cannot tell the difference between words that native speakers swear are pronounced totally differently. Apparently, if you never had to distinguish between two phonemes during the first few years of your life, it takes lots of practice ever to learn to notice the difference. Well known examples include JapaneseRanguage, ArabBeobleTalk, and VampireVords. This can also happen between more closely related languages. For example, Danes commonly have trouble telling the English words "dock", "duck", "dug", and "dog" apart. Or, for that matter, Dutch people and "bat", "bad", "bed" and "bet".
** Depending on the speaker's accent, those can be tricky distinctions for native English speakers. Some other examples of accent-induced confusion include "cot" and "caught", "pin" and "pen", and "Mary/merry/marry".
** This is especially true of visual languages like American Sign Language. Shape, position, and especially context are important to the meaning, so it can get confusing quickly if you don't know all the rules of the language.
*** This can also happen for people who lip-read. Two words can look identical in terms of lip movement but sound very different, so if you don't have audio to go on, context is essential to figuring out what was said.
*** There are even the equivalent of Smurfs (meaning the people) for lip-readers: certain people have a natural habit in which all of their vowels and most of the consonants are produced using identical lip positions and mouth movements. (This can be also deliberately done; it's a similar technique to ventriloquism and quite a bit easier.)
** This is the believed origin of the word "barbarian". The ancient Greeks thought all non-Greeks' language just sounded like "bar-bar", and therefore gave them a name to reflect that.
* A few dialects actually have words that work like this, especially pidgins.[[note]]Pidgins are dialects used primarily by people who don't share a first language, and thus some or all of the participants in most conversations are a little shaky on vocabulary.[[/note]] For instance, Hawaiian Pidgin features 'da kine,' which can stand in for pretty much any action or object the speaker can't remember da kine for.
* Programming Languages: Due to the reduced vocabulary, they have a higher smurf-to-noise-ratio anyway. Some egregious examples would be LISP with its parentheses and Java, where constructions like "Canvas canvas = Canvas.giveCanvas(); canvas.remove(this);" are totally normal.
* The beauty that is the ClusterFBomb can be an example of Smurfing, in which the F-word can be used as literally any part of speech in the English language.
* After President Donald Trump sent a seemingly incomplete tweet ending with the nonsense word "covfefe," "covfefe" almost immediately became this. It was used comically to replace words that resemble covfefe, but has also been used to replace unrelated words in well-known phrases (such as a tweet by Hillary Clinton that "People in covfefe houses shouldn't throw covfefe.") It has also been used as an interjection.
* ''{{Creator/David Hasselhoff}}'' does this with his nickname, "Hoff." He says things like "Hoffy Birthday," "Hofftastic," "cup of Hoffee," "take the day Hoff," "Party your Hassel Hoff," etc.
''[[TheStinger Now go Smurf off!]]''