Unusual Euphemism / Newspaper Comics

  • For Better or for Worse used "boxcar" to represent swearing (for aphasic Grandpa Jim), and "going roadside" to indicate having sex.
    • "Foob."
  • Pearls Before Swine had Pig crying out in pain "Ohhhhhhhh my Oompa Loompas" after taking a hit to the groin.
  • Doonesbury was known for substituting inappropriate words with a description of the words in parens, for example (expletive) or (body part)
    • In one example an angry Frank Sinatra lets loose with an "obscene gerund" which puzzles the medium aware target of his rage.
  • In FoxTrot, Paige once told Peter to "eat spit and die".
    • In another strip, when Andy asked Jason how it was like golfing with his father, Jason replied that it was "colorful." Andy then asks whether he meant the color of nature, the ball, the clubs, or his dad's orange plaid golf pants, Jason elaborated to mean that he was actually referring to Roger's language. Cue Roger swearing.
    • Lampshaded in another strip, in which Peter stubs his toe and shouts things like "asterisk" and "dollar sign," and then remarks that "comic-strip curse words leave something to be desired." Jason helpfully suggests he add some daggers and lightning bolts. Oh, *$&!
  • Baby Blues had at least one in the form of "child-safe cuss words".
    Daryll: "Dingy-dangy dog-gone heck to phooey!"
  • In one Bloom County comic, Opus is writing a personals ad for a woman who is seeking "intense physical affection," but doesn't want to sound crude. Opus suggests "snugglebunnies" as an alternative euphemism, and the woman insists that he use "sweaty snugglebunnies" instead.
  • Pogo: "Rowrbazzle!"
  • Peanuts "Good grief!"
    • Also, "Well, I'll be!"
  • The January 4, 2015 Beetle Bailey strip has the base chaplain suggest to Sarge that he use the word "grawlix" in place of profanity. As in the actual word "grawlix".