15 Go-To ‘Non-Curse Word’ Curse Words

Seeking an alternative, one person asked: “What’s your go-to ‘non-curse word,’ curse word that you use when you need to keep it clean but still vent your frustration or surprise?” 

Top 15 ‘Non-Curse Words’ Curse Words

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Interestingly, their question went viral. With 2.9k Upvotes, here are the top 15 ‘non-curse word’ curse words that you might use when you need to vent your frustrations or surprise.


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“Well, that’s suboptimal.” –ScarnAndMacklinFBI


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“Goodness gracious” –AnarchicalFrog


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I often just say “Curse word! Vile, offensive curse word!” It tends to get a laugh if anyone hears me, especially since I say it in the exact tone you’d use to say an actual vile, offensive curse word. –seriouslaser


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“Aw, beans.” It works for very small inconveniences but also adds some levity to genuinely upsetting things. –ChickHarpoon


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Great googely moogely! –writergeek


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Biscuits!! –SnooTigers4765


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I go full good place. Fork. Shirt. –ginger4gingers


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Aw, you son of a motherless goat –UpgrayeddB-Rock


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One of my kids says, ‘oh, booger!’ And another says, ‘oh, sausages!’ –dr239


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Sometimes, I just use the mispronounced curse words from Johnny Dangerously. You bastages! –elephantviagra


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Frick –shiningstar201


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Benedict Cumberbatch! –tommilenar


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Dagnabbit. I don’t even know when or how it happened. –martyrdumb38315


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Mother of pearl! –loopnlil


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Fudge. –Grilled_Cheese10

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Key Takeaways

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Using non-curse word alternatives is a way to turn one’s negative emotions to a light and funny expression. It removes tension from an argument and it solves problems without making things worse.

When we use these alternatives, we make the world a more friendly and considerate place, and people tend to remember us in a positive way.

This article was produced by TPR Teaching.

Caitriona Maria is an education writer and founder of TPR Teaching, crafting inspiring pieces that promote the importance of developing new skills. For 7 years, she has been committed to providing students with the best learning opportunities possible, both domestically and abroad. Dedicated to unlocking students' potential, Caitriona has taught English in several countries and continues to explore new cultures through her travels.

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