Verboticism: Profamility

'What did you just call me?'

DEFINITION: v. To use alternative "code words" instead of proper cuss words, in an effort to satisfy people offended by such vulgarisms. n. A word used as a replacement for an obscene or profane expletive.

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Blurse

youmustvotenato

Created by: youmustvotenato

Pronunciation: rhymes with purse

Sentence: While reading Huck Finn in his 8th grade class, we had to blurse all the racial slurs replacing "n*****" with "no gooder".

Etymology: bleep+curse

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Discussphemism

Created by: arrrteest

Pronunciation: dis-kuss-fem-izm

Sentence: Tony was sitting in a chair in the principal's office again. "Tony, can you explain to me what you meant by 'dime beach?'" "Yeah, I went to a beach that charged a dime to go to it! I was just remembering it and I said it outloud. To nobody really, but Mrs. Fluster just happened to be there." The principal looked at him and shook his head. "Now Tony, yesterday you were in here for calling a classmate a 'shucking fithead' and tried to tell me that a fithead is what they call a healthy person who processes oysters. You're not fooling anyone, buddy. You've got to stop this discussphemism or you'll be finding yourself explaining this to your parents while you are on suspension!

Etymology: dis, disrespect + cuss, curse + phemism, from euphemism

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Subuse

Created by: Rutilus

Pronunciation: sub-yooz

Sentence: "Piece off" she yelled to the young man crossing the road. Jemima's impatience and road rage was leading her to subuse people in the most public places.

Etymology: sub (from substitute) - to replace; abuse (v) - to insult, cause harm to others

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Youeffemism

Created by: Ismelstar

Pronunciation: [yoo-efuh-miz-uhm]

Sentence: Pristine, soft-spoken and mild, the limits of Molly Mormon's patience had finally expired after Danny overturned a perfume bottle under her desk. "Oh my Heck!" she blurted unable to stop the youeffemisms tumbling out of her mouth. "You little Ess. Just get the Eff out of my class!"

Etymology: A play with the imperative forms of bowdlerized swear words, (which generally are used by naming only the first letter of the offending curse) which sounds like 'euphemism', the substitution of a mild, indirect, or vague expression for one thought to be offensive or harsh.

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Pseudofanity

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: soōdōfanətē

Sentence: Billy is sensitive to co-workers who don't care for cussing. He is very good at the use of the pseudofanity. He curses like a sailor with all the expletives replaced with substitutes. He can be such a mother fudger.

Etymology: pseudo (not genuine; sham) + profanity (blasphemous or obscene language)

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Fakeswear

Bookworm699

Created by: Bookworm699

Pronunciation:

Sentence: "Fat old beach," she fakeswore under her breath.

Etymology:

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Fauxfanity

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: fōfanətē

Sentence: Marge is the queen of fauxfanity. Her coworkers have no doubt how she feels even though she tries to remain semi-polite by using substitutes for profane language. Phrases like "No friggin' way", "What the fudge","Kiss my bass" or "Go hug yourself" have raised more than a few eyebrows.

Etymology: faux (artificial or imitation) + profanity (blasphemous or obscene language)

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COMMENTS:

similar combinations but different results - great word - Jabberwocky, 2009-06-22: 14:18:00

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Furse

Created by: ethanb

Pronunciation: furs

Sentence: Jay uses furses around his catholic mother to avoid her ire, but in normal company he cusses like a sailor.

Etymology: "curse" + "farce"

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Heckspletive

artr

Created by: artr

Pronunciation: hek-spli-tiv

Sentence: As the pastor of his church John can't use profane language. As a human that is subject to anger or pain, he has found his own set of heckspletives to get him through these times. Where someone else might say "Shut the F___ up", John will say "Hush the frog up". Where someone else might tell someone to "Go to Hell", John smiles tells them to "have a nice time at the BBQ". Even though he gets blank stares sometimes, he feels better that he knows what he meant.

Etymology: heck (used as a mild expression of annoyance, rejection, disgust, etc.) + expletive (an interjectory word or expression, frequently profane; an exclamatory oath)

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Procovertanity

Created by: phoenix89

Pronunciation: Pro - covert - an -it-e

Sentence: Sometimes children curse when they shouldnt or when they are angry. To avoid punishment for using profanity they do it covertly and call it " procovertanity ".

Etymology: Profanity (profane conduct or language) Covert ( to conceal , disguise , or do in secrecy)

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