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Friggin', Flippin', Frickin', etc....

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I don't use these and don't like them, because in my head the "real" F word is said.

 

However, when did you start hearing these used in place of the "real F word?"

 

I keep hearing them in TV shows that are meant to take place back in the 80s or so and I could swear we didn't use or hear them back then.   But maybe it is just me?

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Definitely in use in the 1980s, that was when I went to high school and college. We said them all the freakin' time. 

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We definitely used fricking in the early 80s.

 

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Yes-I first heard it around 83 when our swim teacher at school used it.

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OP, not just you. I graduated from high school in 1981 and we never said those substitutes. Just the real one. I first noticed them in the 90s, maybe? Could be regional.

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Lots of substitutions when I was a teen in the 80’s. I still say them. I say “freakin†a lot. Also substitutes for Sh—. Sugar, shoot, sheista.

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Frickin-A was my car curse word in the early 90's when I first learned to drive. I'm west coast, so "Dude!" was my next most used fake curse word. 

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I've never heard "Dude" used instead of a curse word.  Can you give an example, please?

That's it. A person (could be guy or girl I can't always tell) cuts in front of me and I yell out loud "Dude!?!?!" 

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It might be regionally influenced as well. I didn't hear them until I was a college student in CA in 2000. But I went to a private school in another state that banned all euphemisms, such as "shoot" and "dang." But even amongst the public school kids I played sports with and took a couple classes with, I never heard them. When I taught jr. high at a private school in CA in 2008, many of my students used them frequently, but I didn't allow it in my classroom.

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Most "soft cuss words" are substitutes.  Dang, gosh, flippin', shoot, heck....  

 

If I am going to explode, I prefer to at least control myself to use the substitutes.  It is at least a modicum of control on my part, and it seems less pollution-inducing for those around me. 

 

But what I really need and want to do is to become a person who can keep inner stillness and not one who is explosive.  

 

 

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I heard them from my mother and my granny when I was a small child.  (I am 51.)

 

My kids insist that frickin is a cuss word, so I say freaka frocka or similar.  They still count those against me, but what's a cussing mom to do .....

 

My very religious mom friend (also in her 50s) used flippin' in a text to me regarding something the school did to us.  So I'm guessing it's not considered cursing at her house ....

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The 80s was when I heard frick'n alot. By late 80s I remember things like "ni freaking way" and flipp'n don't recall much in the 80s for me but definitely the 90s when I was in high school.

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Most "soft cuss words" are substitutes. Dang, gosh, flippin', shoot, heck....

 

If I am going to explode, I prefer to at least control myself to use the substitutes. It is at least a modicum of control on my part, and it seems less pollution-inducing for those around me.

 

But what I really need and want to do is to become a person who can keep inner stillness and not one who is explosive.

Me too!

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Frickin-A was my car curse word in the early 90's when I first learned to drive. I'm west coast, so "Dude!" was my next most used fake curse word.

I still say Dude waaaay too much :)

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When our kids were quite young, we tried a few 80's movies and were struck by how much swearing was in them, I didn't remember any of it.  One movie, I think it was Short Circuit, I laughed out loud because they had worked so hard to stick a swear word in a sentence, it didn't fit grammatically at all, it was like they were just trying to up the number of swear words and hadn't said any for a few minutes.   Since they were so young, we let them watch them, but  when they were a bit older we stopped 80's movies for a while.  Now, we allow them again.  

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I heard them as a kid in the 70s/80s.  I'd much rather a kid/adult use one of these, then actually swear, especially if little kids are around.

 

When my kids were younger, the eldest two used to curse like Spongebob and say "Oh Barnacles!" and something about King Neptune's Beard.  LOL  I miss those days.

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I heard them as a kid in the 70s/80s.  I'd much rather a kid/adult use one of these, then actually swear, especially if little kids are around.

 

When my kids were younger, the eldest two used to curse like Spongebob and say "Oh Barnacles!" and something about King Neptune's Beard.  LOL  I miss those days.

My youngest still says that. 

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That's it. A person (could be guy or girl I can't always tell) cuts in front of me and I yell out loud "Dude!?!?!"

 

That is me. Dude is all purpose.

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Frickin-A was my car curse word in the early 90's when I first learned to drive. I'm west coast, so "Dude!" was my next most used fake curse word.

I still say “dude†way more than I should.

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I know they are substitute F words, but it's better than the real thing.  I hate when headlines online use the F word and just substitute a * in place of the U; I think journalistic standards should be higher.

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Frickin-A was my car curse word in the early 90's when I first learned to drive. I'm west coast, so "Dude!" was my next most used fake curse word. 

 

Dude was a sub for a curse word?  We used that one all the time, but just to refer to a person.  In fact, our youth group leader used it.  I have never heard it used as a sub for a swear word.

 

I was West Coast too and didn't hear these in the 90's at all.   But it could be I wasn't paying attention too, that is entirely possible.   :lol:

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All of those were used among my peers in the '80s. I still use flippin and don't have an ounce of guilt for doing so. And no, I'm certainly not "low class" for doing so. I do know where it's not appropriate. 

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Dude was a sub for a curse word?  We used that one all the time, but just to refer to a person.  In fact, our youth group leader used it.  I have never heard it used a a sub swear word.

 

I was West Coast too and didn't hear these in the 90's at all.   But it could be I wasn't paying attention too, that is entirely possible.   :lol:

All I can say is it is multipurpose. There's surfer "duuuuuude" like whoa. Or as a substitute for saying guy or man. Or as a replacement for "WTH?!? or WTF?!?!" I doubt your youth group leader used it like I did.  :blush:

 

I don't really use it in every day conversation.....at least, I don't think I do. :001_rolleyes:   

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All I can say is it is multipurpose. There's surfer "duuuuuude" like whoa. Or as a substitute for saying guy or man. Or as a replacement for "WTH?!? or WTF?!?!" I doubt your youth group leader used it like I did.  :blush:

 

I don't really use it in every day conversation.....at least, I don't think I do. :001_rolleyes:   

 

 

There was a comedian who did a schpeil with the word Dude and all it's uses.....he was really funny.  Although, I don't even remember him using it as a sub for a swear word.

 

But even as "whoa" it is still referring to the person you are speaking to.  

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When our kids were quite young, we tried a few 80's movies and were struck by how much swearing was in them, I didn't remember any of it.  One movie, I think it was Short Circuit, I laughed out loud because they had worked so hard to stick a swear word in a sentence, it didn't fit grammatically at all, it was like they were just trying to up the number of swear words and hadn't said any for a few minutes.   Since they were so young, we let them watch them, but  when they were a bit older we stopped 80's movies for a while.  Now, we allow them again.  

 

That reminds me of when my oldest was about 3 or 4 and in preschool.  I got a call from the preschool because he was mumbling, "We don't say fat, we don't say stupid, and we don't say F---ing it."

 

He used it incorrectly and it actually made me laugh, but not really.  He had heard it from a movie we were watching.  We don't use that word.

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I don't have any idea when I heard flippin' or freaking/freakin', but growing up in the 60s I heard friggin' and frickin' all the time said by adults. Another one you didn't mention is frackin'/frak, which came from Battlestar Galactica. I know it was in the original movie but I didn't start hearing it regularly until the series aired on tv.

 

None of them bother me but the actual word doesn't bother me either.

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I'm sorry but flippin' is the exact same thing. If I hear someone say it, I think "they are using an expletive but are conditioned to think expletives are bad".  I don't think "my that person has good self control!  It's just the social milieu you were raised in, not moral superiority .

 

 

And:  Jeezum Crow  is blasphemy.  

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I'm sorry but flippin' is the exact same thing. If I hear someone say it, I think "they are using an expletive but are conditioned to think expletives are bad".  I don't think "my that person has good self control!  It's just the social milieu you were raised in, not moral superiority .

 

 

And:  Jeezum Crow  is blasphemy.  

 

Flippin is what naturally comes out of my mouth. I don't think "wait, don't say THAT word". I'm saying "flippin", not the other word. Other people don't get to decide I meant the 4 letter nasty word. Flippin is absolutely a milder word choice.

 

And I've never heard "Jeezum Crow." Is that a really older term (I was a teen in the late 70s and early 80s)? Or a newer one? 

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Frickin is a bad word. Friggin is trying to be a bad word. Flippin is what you do with pancakes so is not yet a bad word. My children are not allowed to say the first two words. But, I guess if they say flippin, maybe I will ban that word too....we will see.

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I'm sorry but flippin' is the exact same thing. If I hear someone say it, I think "they are using an expletive but are conditioned to think expletives are bad".  I don't think "my that person has good self control!  It's just the social milieu you were raised in, not moral superiority .

 

 

And:  Jeezum Crow  is blasphemy.  

 

Jeesum Crow? Did you grow up in the Adirondacks?  Jeesum Crow is the official bird up here, doncha know? Tabernac, cha know, I only hear that when I go home

 

I left there a long time ago, but I still live in upstate NY. If I get really tired I will let slip a jeesum crow and I always have to explain myself. 

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They've been used in various Sci-Fi and later than the 80's. 90's and into the new millennium. I know some people have an issue with them. I currently do not and have no problem saying fricking or fracking. It's okay if you don't like it. 

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Flippin is what naturally comes out of my mouth. I don't think "wait, don't say THAT word". I'm saying "flippin", not the other word. Other people don't get to decide I meant the 4 letter nasty word. Flippin is absolutely a milder word choice.

 

And I've never heard "Jeezum Crow." Is that a really older term (I was a teen in the late 70s and early 80s)? Or a newer one? 

 

Right. They're all just expletives.   I just don't think one is nicer than another.

 

Jeezum Crow, Jiminiy Cricket, Jeepers Creepers.  All minced oath with the exact same meaning.  What name does Gee Whizz remind you of?

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Cheese Whiz, to be honest.

 

"Minced oaths" is one of those made up issues within fundamentalism that I left behind, along with fundamentalism itself.

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I used Frikken once when I was in upper elementary.  My dad was SO mad, my mom was like I would SO much rather she use that.

 

But really, it depends on the context though.  Sometimes when I say freakin', I really mean freaking....like whatever it is is so crazy or off the wall.  Like that was SO freaking insanely weird.

 

A few years ago, a co worker was shocked and instead of shut the F up, she said shut the front door.  Loudly.  it echoed in the empty portrait studio lol.  Our boss was there, I thought she was going to pee her pants laughing.  She had never heard that euphemism before and thought for sure that she was going to hear the real thing, until she didn't.

 

 

Many many years ago, in sewing class in high school, my friends and I were in class together working on some hand embroidery for some Raggaty Ann Dolls we were making.  My friend was getting very frustrated because she kept popping her thread out.  After about the 5th time she shouts....again, super loud, echoed all over the classroom...."Shi....POOOOP!!!!!!"  I about peed my pants laughing at that one because it was obvious that the four letter word was coming and she caught herself in the middle of saying it remembering that she was in school and didn't want to get written up lol.  She controlled the word, but not her volume....of the two, word was the better choice lol.  Immediately after however, "shi..POOP!" became our new euphemism.  I still say it today lol

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Right. They're all just expletives.   I just don't think one is nicer than another.

 

Jeezum Crow, Jiminiy Cricket, Jeepers Creepers.  All minced oath with the exact same meaning.  What name does Gee Whizz remind you of?

 

In your opinion, not mine. I do think that some expletives are just fine, and a good part of the things we sometimes need to say. Others are truly bad words/phrases. And that some are "no big deal" and not "curse words." 

 

Gee Whizz doesn't remind me of anything, it's just "Gee Whizz". And I've never associated Jiminy Cricket or Jeepers Creepers with anything. I don't use them, just haven't been part of my vocab, but I don't think they are horrible words. 

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In your opinion, not mine. I do think that some expletives are just fine, and a good part of the things we sometimes need to say. Others are truly bad words/phrases. And that some are "no big deal" and not "curse words."

 

Gee Whizz doesn't remind me of anything, it's just "Gee Whizz". And I've never associated Jiminy Cricket or Jeepers Creepers with anything. I don't use them, just haven't been part of my vocab, but I don't think they are horrible words.

I don’t they are horrible words either. Just that the blasphemy root is interesting . Gee Whizz = Jesus. Not some utterly random collection of syllables .

 

 

Can you tell me why some expletives are ‘just fine’ and some are ‘truly bad ‘?

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I never associated Gee Whiz with Jesus until someone with an issue with it pointed it out. Again, someone made a connection where there was none to begin with. Just like the whole "if you move the N in Santa, you can make the word Satan, therefore Santa is Satan" garbage type logic.

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I don’t they are horrible words either. Just that the blasphemy root is interesting . Gee Whizz = Jesus. Not some utterly random collection of syllables .

 

 

Can you tell me why some expletives are ‘just fine’ and some are ‘truly bad ‘?

 

I don't get the connection with gee whizz and Jesus. I knew that was what you were implying. That's a phrase I remember teachers using in elementary school, in the 71-76. 

 

I can't really explain why..... I see nothing wrong with flippin, crap, .... they are just expressions. Unlike other words that I can't type here. And I haven't heard gee whiz used as an expletive. More like "Gee whiz, that's rocks." Here's a dictionary definition:

 

gee-whiz. adjective. Informal. Marked by or inducing a sense of wide-eyed wonder or excitement, as in response to an amazing achievement: “The book seems a little too gee-whiz even for describing what everyone does admit is a revolution†( Savvy )
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