Faux Cuss WordsA small and growing collection of relatively inoffensive phrases and words for stressful times:
invented by my sister around 1980; even when used angrily, the undertone is affectionate; about 15 years later, someone I didn't know used it in conversation with me, to my amazement!
- Barking spiders
from Scott Westerfield's Leviatan novels; google reveals a band and real noise-emitting spiders/tarantulas;
from Scott Westerfield's Leviatan novels
- Oh sugar
from a favorite co-worker and a classic