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From the first paragraph of the definition and the trope image, this trope is about speaking roundaboutly about an issue that is embarrasing or maybe of questionably legality. However, the example section is huge, and covers a wide range of ersatz expletives. Right now, UnusualExpletive is in YKTTW, and that can be used to split off a lot of the misuse.
Christmas wormsPersonally, I think that "ersatz expletive" fits into the definition of "embarassing issue".
I'm going to paste in what I wrote earlier in the YKTTW:
Yes, there are examples where an euphemism is used as an expletive. But the two play fundamentally different roles in language. Expletive:
They are different within the work, ie the characters have different relations to the word. An Unusual Euphemism is used because the characters for some reason are uncomfortable with using the "straight" word. Look at all the synonyms that have been used for the toilet. "Huge tracts of land" from Monty Python and the Holy Grail is another great example. An Unusual Expletive is exactly what the characters mean to say. There is generally no phrase or word that has been substituted. The Captain of Tintin uses a huge range of original expletives, but they're not euphemisms. Likewise for "drokk" of Judge Dredd, or the exclamations of famous scientists in Luther Arkwright. Goshdang It To Heck can be viewed as the intersection between the two usages: it's expletives that at the same time are euphemisms. In natural languages, these can further evolve into full expletives, and need a new euphemism.
Wick check tomorrow - I started one but realised I messed things up.
I think Unusual Expletive would make sense as a missing supertrope for things like Pardon My Klingon. The only reason I would see not to split it is that, from a out-of-universe standpoint, all examples would still be examples of Unusual Euphemism. But I think the in-work difference is enough.
edited 31st Dec '13 6:55:58 PM by nrjxll
That distinction isn't true. The examples of expletives below are from Heart Of Empire:
Yeah, I should have said most examples. Which just emphasizes the point even further.
Wick check (50 of 2504): Used for euphemisms:
edited 1st Jan '14 2:31:53 AM by kjnoren
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