minced oath

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(Based upon the record, ticked off seems to have begun to develop in the 1910s, in the sense of "rebuked", and then fully appears in its most modern sense at roughly the same time as its vulgar synonym does. Therefore, it is likely that ticked off is not a euphemism [at least not originally].)

minced oath (plural minced oaths)

  1. A type of euphemism based on a profanity or blasphemy that has been altered to remove the objectionable characteristics of the original expression; polite expletive.


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