So you’re writing stuff in a fantasy world or the far flung future, wondrous places where folks don’t quite talk like we do, and things are getting tense. I mean heated. It’s expletive time, and goshdarnit, you don’t wanna frak this up. But confound it! You don’t wanna sound cheesy. And you don’t wanna go using the Balzac out of the curse words of someone else’s lovingly crafted fictional universe.
Zeus’ Pubes! What do you do?
Well, if you’ve sworn off the hard stuff, you know those colorful euphemisms sailors trust in as they’re ravaging port towns, there’s some gor blimey good sites out there to kick start you in the right direction. This first one is Darkoshi’s Enchantment and it lists a blankety-blank crapton of bleepity-bleep. This one has real curse words, so it may burn sensitive eyes. Nevertheless, it’s a good place to go for seldom used and archaic curses, primo stuff for that high fantasy you’re writing. Plus it’s a good place to reference if you’re thinking of making your own flavorful swears and you’d like some choice root words to bring in that authentic feel to your fecking filth.
So what if you invented some infectious invective all your own… how do you know somebody else didn’t swear by those same words you’re swearing by? Well, check to see if it’s annotated in Cuparius.com’s Swearwords of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Here’s your repository of books, films, tv shows and comics full of created curse words of popular fictional universes. I can’t say for certain that’s its wholly comprehensive, but there’s a lot there from abo to zark.
The point is, you don’t have to go in alone if you’re looking to add some colorful language to your work. Let this take some of the guess work out if it. And try not to sound like an arsegike.