Minced oath  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

A minced oath (also pseudo-profanity or expletive-deletive) is an expression based on a profanity that has been altered to reduce the objectionable characteristics of the original expression, for example, darn or dang instead of damn, shoot instead of shit, heck instead of hell, or frigging, flipping, freaking, fricking, or fecking instead of fucking. Nearly all profanities have minced variants.

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