I had a teacher who tried to convince us, instead of swearing, to use:
"crystal buckets"She claimed that swear words are so satisfying because of the particular phonetic components they contain. And "crystal buckets" supposedly contains all of these particularly gratifying combinations. So... crystal buckets! All of the catharsis and none of the cursin'!
It never worked for me. (I'm a big fan of good old-fashioned honest swearing—mumbled discretely under one's breath so the teacher can't hear, of course.)
* I tried to think of some nifty coinism to label this category of faux-curse. I don't think this is it. ( I was going for a sort of near-beer/ne'er-swear rhyming thing, but...) Any suggestions?