Hearty fudging crud, you guys! Isn’t cussing the gat-darndest most flipping fun you’ll ever flunking have in the whole farkin world?
Some would disagree, but I believe swearing is an important part of any language. I consider it the seasoning of words and should be used responsibly. I’ve used this comparison before (in a similar article actually) but I look at swearing as salt in food. Too much and you run the risk of ruining what you’re making, but used correctly it can make all the difference to the “meal” of conversation or dialogue. However there is a time and a place for real cuss words and sometimes it doesn’t make sense to use real ones depending on the plot or characters.
YouTube’s Burger Fiction compiled a super-cut of a whole bunch of non-curse words in movies in their latest, and aptly named, “Cursing Without Cursing.” The video starts off on a perfect high note with with one of the best examples of swear word replacement from Fantastic Mr. Fox. In the film, the characters’ range of expletives was explicitly confined to only the word “cuss” which lends to the whimsical nature of the film and blurs the line of whether or not the film was intended for a younger audience.
The rest of the super-cut is an all-star cast of nonsense cusses and it’s hard to pick a favorite. Ralphie’s “Oh Fudge” from A Christmas Story is in there although we all know he didn’t say “fudge” and you can’t beat the insult fights in Hook and The Sandlot. But if I’m being honest I have to let my nerd flag fly and go with the best movie swear that isn’t a swear and side with Han Solo being called a “scruffy-looking nerf-herder.”
What are your favorite non-swear cuss words in movies? Lets discuss in the comments below!
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