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Minced Oaths - By Gumption! [message #173855] Sun, 22 March 2009 07:24
George Johnson is currently offline  George Johnson
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http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/minced-oath.html

Minced oaths are a sub-group of euphemisms used to avoid swearing when
expressing surprise or annoyance. If you hit your thumb with a hammer when
great aunt Edith is in the room what do you say? It's probably going to be a
minced oath. Shakespeare might have resorted to 'gadzooks' (God's hooks -
referring to the nails in the cross), we might try 'shoot' or 'freaking
heck'.
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