Faux Cuss Words 

A small and growing collection of relatively inoffensive phrases and words for stressful times:
  • Turkeybutt
    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;
  • Blisters
    from Scott Westerfield's Leviatan novels
  • Oh sugar
    from a favorite co-worker and a classic
If you have any you'd like to add to the list, please comment below or email me. Thanks!

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