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Top 10 sci-fi curse words

So long as we're boning up on our science-fiction vocabulary, io9 has tracked down the top ten sci-fi curse words, for your faux-profanity pleasure.

So long as we're boning up on our science-fiction vocabulary, io9 has tracked down the top ten sci-fi curse words, for your faux-profanity pleasure.

  1. Frak (v.), Battlestar Galactica
  2. Frell (v.), Farscape
  3. Gorram (adj.), Firefly
  4. Shazbot (n.), Mork & Mindy
  5. Poodoo (n.), Star Wars
  6. Smeg (n.), Red Dwarf
  7. Farathoom (n.), Don't Bite The Sun
  8. Shock (v.), Spiderman 2099
  9. "I seem to be having tremendous difficulty with my lifestyle" (v.), The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
  10. Smurf (v.), The Smurfs

Setting aside the vast lexicon of Klingon curse words (and my opinion of same), it's a respectable list. Still the inclusion of smurf may be stretching the point—both as a swear word and as science fiction—though that's hardly the strangest use of smurf I've come across. Did they miss any good ones?

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