Garonne (garonne) wrote in linguaphiles,

phonetically related milder versions of stronger swear words

Tags: euphemisms

whswhs

May 30 2014, 19:38:01 UTC 2 months ago

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I once read that there is an Italian swearword, diamine, which is a portmanteau of diablo and domino, "devil" and "God." I don't know if it's in current use.

Similarly, one of the traditional swears of stage Frenchmen was sacre bleu, "holy blue," which was a kenning for "holy sky/heaven," but also stood for sacre Dieu, "holy God."

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