Frak Off! We've Got the Best Swear Words from Scifi

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They say that swearing is the tool of the unintelligent, but swearing in an alien language? That has to make you cool, especially since it'll perplex the hell out of most people. If you want to win that hard-to-get geek street cred, we've got just the thing: A list of the best scifi cusses in the frakkin galaxy. Check it out, you floops.

  • Frak, Battlestar Galactica: Whether you spell it frack or frak, it's currently the most used replacement for the f-bomb, courtesy of the original BSG show. That's right, Ronald D. Moore didn't invent this sucker, although he sure uses it a lot more than they did back in the 1980s. Plus it rolls off the tongue nicely. Here's a video education on all the uses it has.
  • Frell, Farscape: Frell was Farscape's own version of everyone's favorite f-word, and used extensively on the show after appearing in the first season. "Frell Me Dead" has become a favorite phrase among fans of the show, appearing on shirts and wristbands, and they even use the term "frellwit" on the show. Pretty frelling cool.
  • Gorram, Firefly: Firefly had a whole new language of swears due to the fact that Joss Whedon assumed that in the future Chinese and English would meld together, and that's led to some colorful swears for the show, like "Ching-wah tsao duh liou mahng" translated as "frog-humpin' bastard." However, gorram strands out as a simple perversion of goddamn, and probably made the most appearances on the show.
  • Shazbot, Mork & Mindy: While it never quite caught on in pop culture, Mork's substitute for shit still exists in the Tribes video games. Robin Williams probably made this word up himself, and it has the bonus of sounding like something a robot might do on your carpet.
  • Poodoo, Star Wars: George Lucas' prequels not only gave us bad acting, but it included fart jokes and this word for Bantha shit in Episode I. Which helps give you a single word to sum up the prequels with.
  • Smeg, Red Dwarf: Lister's favorite swear word from this trapped in space show obviously seems derived from smegma (wiki it if you're not informed), but series creator Grant Naylor claims he never knew that word when he wrote in smeg. He just thought it sounded like a future curse word. As Lister would say, "Whatever, you smegging smeghead."
  • Farathoom, Don't Bite The Sun: Tanith Lee's 1976 novel was full of hedonistic pleasure domes, mutable appearances and genders, and new swear words. Farathoom was probably the strongest, meaning "bloody fucking hell," although "floop" meant "cunt." We're not sure which one is cooler.
  • Shock, Spiderman 2099: Marvel Comics went on a tear in the 1990s, offering up versions of their classic characters in the year 2099. My favorite was Miguel O'Hara as the semi-mutated version of spiderman, who frequently would yell "What the shock?!" when he would be attacked by Venom 2099.
  • "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle", The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Arthur Dent utters this phrase, just as a freak wormhole opens up in the space-time continuum, and it ends up triggering a massive interstellar war because in the Vl'hurg tongue this was the most dreadful insult imaginable. Just to encourage you to watch your language out there.
  • Smurf, The Smurfs: It just occurred to me that since Gargamel created Smurfette in his home laboratory, she's got herself a quasi-spot in scifi. Couple that with the fact that the Smurfs use "smurf" as a verb, noun, adjective, and everything else under the sun, and probably more than one Smurf has banged his thumb with a hammer and yelled out "SMURF!" Or if Jokey Smurf leaves an exploding box in your house, you'd probably tell him to Smurf Off.

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@Lotusmonger: The funniest substitution in a TV version of a movie I've ever heard was for The Breakfast Club, when Emilio Estevez' character and his dad are yelling at each other and you hear, "banana you!" I find it so funny because it makes absolutely no sense to use that word.