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Need reasonable expressions of surprise and curse words

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FinallyFreeFromItAll Tue 15-Mar-16 10:31:06

I keep finding myself saying "oh my god" as an expression of surprise. I know IABU with this as it even irritates me! I blame too much Americanised TV. However the more I try to change it the dafter all the other options seem to sound.

So AIBU to ask you all to please help me by sharing what word you most commonly use as an expression of surprise?

I'd also be very interested in your "child friendly" curse words. At the moment I'm saying "oh fiddlesticks" but feel slightly daft.

CoteDAzur Tue 15-Mar-16 10:33:58

"I'm saying "oh fiddlesticks" but feel slightly daft."

You don't say grin

SummerTimeSoon Tue 15-Mar-16 10:35:34

Ive been irritating myself since Ds was born last year, saying 'cheese and crackers' instead of Jesus Christ and 'what the frick 'n frack' instead of what the fuck...there loads are more, I don't know what's wrong with me, it's embarrassing when they slip out in front of other people blush

AdrenalineFudge Tue 15-Mar-16 10:37:17

"Ye gads!"


SummerTimeSoon Tue 15-Mar-16 10:37:26

And instead of oh my god I say 'OMGEEEE' ...I'm so annoying

Cabawill Tue 15-Mar-16 10:37:46

We use Oh My Gosh and instead of my usual "shit" I say "sugar"

SoupDragon Tue 15-Mar-16 10:38:05

My mother uses "fish hooks" which seemed perfectly reasonable when I was a child but now, with adult eyes, seems absolutely bonkers.

I tend to go with "oh... Poopy parpy pants" which is equally bonkers, or "oh for... Sake" with a significant pause.

KingJoffreyLikesJaffaCakes Tue 15-Mar-16 10:38:05

Child friendly? Lost me there.

My current favourite is, "That's the balls!"

It's a grown up version of "Totes Amazeballs!"

ToastyFingers Tue 15-Mar-16 10:41:35

My child friendly exasperated curse is usually "for goodness sake"
I substitute goodness with fuck for after bedtime obviously.

People who'd usually get called wankers are 'silly billies'

When I'm surprised I usually just say 'oh, wow' so I'm not much help there.

BillSykesDog Tue 15-Mar-16 10:41:46


CruCru Tue 15-Mar-16 10:42:52


IBelieveInPink Tue 15-Mar-16 10:42:55

I've switched to 'oh goodness'.

Still working on the others and need to come up with something soon as dd is an actual sponge at the moment.

CaitSith Tue 15-Mar-16 10:45:03

We're big fans of "Gordon Bennett!" in our house. So much so that 3 year old DS now uses it too grin

VoldysGoneMouldy Tue 15-Mar-16 10:47:16

"Sugar honey ice tea" - normally for when I've dropped something (happens a lot...) and am trying not to swear.

"Merlin's pants" - thank you JKR for that one.

"Poxy" anything. Normally muttered under my breath and exclaimed loudly.

TheWitTank Tue 15-Mar-16 10:48:55

Just don't do a me and screech 'fuck my life!!!' when in a professional situation at work. To be fair, someone surprised me by walking around a corner at the same time as I was and made me jump and it just popped out, but I was blush and boss was not impressed uptight. I'm listening eagerly for new, unsweary ones!

Astrophe Tue 15-Mar-16 10:51:29

Flipping Ada!
My giddy aunt!
Holy cow!

FinallyFreeFromItAll Tue 15-Mar-16 10:53:45

Still working on the others and need to come up with something soon as dd is an actual sponge at the moment.

This is the problem I'm having. DS won't stop saying Jheeeeezus because I went to say jesus christ, then tried to stop myself and came out with something that sounded like a mix of Jesus and cheese! I only said it once and now he comes out with it multiple times a day.

Astrophe Tue 15-Mar-16 10:54:01

DH says bollocks, which I thought was ok until DC started saying it seems less ok

doughnutslikefannys Tue 15-Mar-16 10:55:17

I've recently being saying "Jiminy Christmas!" at work and I have no idea where it came from. I don't have kids and am free to swear as much as I like grin

murphys Tue 15-Mar-16 10:55:31

Well now that the dc are teenagers, at home its:

Arsehole! (referring to myself if/when I drop something)
What an arse
FFS - sometime said in full, sometimes abbreviated
WTF - Ditto

If I am really trying to be polite (ie we have company) its usually:

Flaming this
Flaming that

You get the gist wink

Customers or clients:

Oh my gosh.
Oh dear.


doughnutslikefannys Tue 15-Mar-16 10:55:33

recently BEEN*

FinallyFreeFromItAll Tue 15-Mar-16 10:56:37

My giddy aunt!

grin I quite like that actually.

Narnia72 Tue 15-Mar-16 10:59:25

My child friendly ones are

Holy Moly
Oh My Words
For Goodness' Sake

Necessitated after DC1 repeated some less child friendly phrases I'd used whilst driving.

I often think I sound like Mary bleedin' Poppins ;-)

Myfanwyprice Tue 15-Mar-16 11:06:02

I really need alternatives to bloody and bugger - which I know aren't the worst swear words in the world, but I say them all the time and ds in particular really picks up on it - it's a bit embarrassing when your 9 year old tells you to mind your language!

A couple of weeks ago ds said to me that dd (6) had sworn at him; I said to her that I hoped she hadn't, she replied "well he is a bloody idiot!" blush

acasualobserver Tue 15-Mar-16 11:07:18

Kinelle is useful.

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