Precision F-Strike

"Under certain circumstances, profanity provides a relief denied even to prayer."

Precision F-Strike is when a character suddenly swears in an uncharacteristically strong manner, or when a swear is unexpectedly used in a work with mild language.

Another variant is when a movie limits its swearing in order to keep from getting an R rating, and so is forced to place it very strategically. If a movie uses the F word more than two or three times or in a sexual way, it can easily get an R rating. If it's used up to two or three times, each in a non-sexual context, it usually stays PG-13 so long as it lacks any other content that would warrant an R rating. As such, the writers will only have the characters curse when it actually means something.

Also, when Unusual Euphemism is normally in play in a work, having "real" oaths appear can have the same effect.

Due to the nature of language, this trope is prone to Values Dissonance about what words are appropriate. "Bloody", "cunt", "ass" and "twat", just to name a few words, have very different connotations on the two sides of the Atlantic. And that's just the differences within one single language. While, like many other English words, the word "fucking" exists with only a minor variation in German ("ficken"), it's only used as a verb and almost never as a curseword. The word "Scheiße" ("shit") and its variations are almost always used in exactly the same way as the word "fuck" in English.

In some languages, however, expletives do not actually exist, or are so uncommonly used and/or offensive that they are not allowed in the media. Seemingly equivalent words may be used similarly, but without the impact of an actual expletive (for example, the direct Japanese equivalent of "shit" (kuso) is often used in children's shows by child characters without raising alarm). These languages may have levels of politeness which serve the same purpose (again, Japanese), and translations often take advantage of the dub/sub language's expletives to give the same feeling. For subtitles, this crosses over into Spice Up the Subtitles, unless the expletive used by the translator actually is said in the dialogue, as is known to happen.

This trope is an intersection of Sophisticated as Hell and Conservation of Ninjutsu; related to O.O.C. Is Serious Business. May overlap with Atomic F-Bomb for extra emphasis. Compare Minor Insult Meltdown, Quote Swear Unquote, This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!.

Contrast with the Cluster F-Bomb and Gosh Dang It to Heck!.

Due to the nature of the trope, the following examples will contain swearing. Please don't be a fucking Bluenose.

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Alternative Title(s): Precision Swear Strike, Well Placed Swear Word, Swearing At The Right Moment

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