200 Alternative Cuss Words, Substitute Swear Words, and Fake Bad Words

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If you have children or have been around children you must know how difficult it can be to come up with suitable child-friendly alternatives to cussing.

To help you out we have put together some of our favorite words and phrases that can be used instead of cussing. Pretty sure that some of these will give you a little giggle as well as save you in a tricky situation!

Alternative Cuss Words & Phrases

Here are some of our favorite alternatives to swearing. Many will give everyone a laugh when you use them but they are far better than cussing in front of children.

  1. Aw, duck water
  2. Aw, noodles
  3. Ay, caramba
  4. Balderdash
  5. Banana shenanigans
  6. Barbra Streisand
  7. Barnacles
  8. Blimey
  9. Booger
  10. Booger snot
  11. Bogus
  12. Bolshevik
  13. BS
  14. Bucket head
  15. Bull snot
  16. Bullspit
  17. Bull twinkies
  18. Caca
  19. Caesar’s ghost
  20. Cheese and crackers
  21. Cheese and rice
  22. Cheeses
  23. Confound it
  24. Con sarnit
  25. Corn nuts
  26. Cowabunga
  27. Crap
  28. Crappity
  29. Crapola
  30. Crepes
  31. Crikey
  32. Criminy
  33. Crud
  34. Crud muffin
  35. Dadgummit
  36. Dag
  37. Dag nabbit
  38. Dang
  39. Dang rabbit
  40. Darn
  41. Darnit
  42. Dillweed
  43. Doo-doo
  44. Donut holes
  45. Drat
  46. Eat soup
  47. Eat slugs
  48. Egad
  49. Fart knocker
  50. Feck off
  51. Fiddle faddle
  52. Fiddlesticks
  53. Fish paste
  54. Ficksticks
  55. Flaming Nora
  56. Flippin
  57. Fudge berries
  58. Fudge nuggets
  59. Funk
  60. Frack
  61. Fraggle rock
  62. For cryin’ out loud
  63. For heavens sake
  64. For Pete’s sake
  65. Gadzooks
  66. Galloping gremlins
  67. Gee whiz
  68. Gee willikers
  69. Geez
  70. Geez Louise
  71. Geez Terwilliger
  72. Great googly moogly
  73. Great Scott
  74. God bless America
  75. God bless it
  76. Go lick a duck
  77. Golly
  78. Golly gee
  79. Good gravy
  80. Good grief
  81. Goodness gracious great balls of fire
  82. Good night
  83. Gordon Bennett
  84. Gosh
  85. Gosh darn it
  86. Hamburgers
  87. Heavenly days
  88. Heaven to Betsy
  89. H-E-double hockey sticks
  90. Heck
  91. Hells bells and cockle shells
  92. Hobknocker
  93. Holy cannoli
  94. Holy carp
  95. Holy cow
  96. Holy guacamole
  97. Horsefeathers
  98. Horse hockey
  99. Horse pitooty
  100. Horse puckey
  101. I don’t give a Donald Duck
  102. I don’t give a flying flip
  103. Jackwagon
  104. Jeepers
  105. Jeepers creepers
  106. Jerk water
  107. Jesus, Mary, and Joseph
  108. Jiminy Cricket
  109. Judas priest
  110. Jumpin’Jehoshaphat
  111. Jumpin Jiminy
  112. Kiss my grits
  113. Kitty whiskers
  114. Leapin’ lizards
  115. Marklar
  116. Malarkey
  117. Microbe
  118. Merlin’s beard
  119. Merlin’s pants
  120. Merlin’s pink tutu
  121. Mother fathers
  122. Mother Francis
  123. Mother of pearl
  124. Mothersmucker
  125. Mylanta
  126. Narf
  127. Nerts
  128. Oh, balls
  129. Oh, coconuts
  130. Oh dear
  131. Oh, fudge
  132. Oh man
  133. Oh my gosh
  134. Oh my goodness
  135. Oh my life
  136. Oh, ship
  137. Oh shish kabob
  138. Oh, snap
  139. OMG
  140. Peanut butter and jelly
  141. Peas and rice
  142. Phooey
  143. Pickles
  144. Pishposh
  145. Pluck it
  146. Pokemon
  147. Poo
  148. Poo on a stick
  149. Raspberries
  150. Rats
  151. Richard
  152. Sam hill
  153. Schnikes
  154. Scuddle butt
  155. Sheesh
  156. Shikaka
  157. Shitake mushrooms
  158. Shizzle
  159. Shnookerdookies
  160. Shoot
  161. Shucks
  162. Shucky darn
  163. Shut the front door
  164. Shuzzbutt
  165. Six and two is eight
  166. Snickerdoodle
  167. Snot
  168. Sodding
  169. Son of a Baptist preacher
  170. Son of a bacon bit
  171. Son of a biscuit
  172. Son of a brisket 
  173. Son of a Bisquick pancake
  174. Son of a bucket
  175. Son of a gun
  176. Son of a monkey
  177. Son of a motherless goat
  178. Son of a mother trucker
  179. Son of a nutcracker
  180. Suck eggs
  181. Sufferin’ succotash                                                                               
  182. Sugar
  183. Sweet nibblits
  184. Tartar sauce
  185. Ticked
  186. Troll bogeys
  187. Toot
  188. Tottering tadpoles
  189. William Shatner
  190. What a donkey
  191. What the heck
  192. What the frog
  193. What the cuss
  194. What the devil
  195. What the hey
  196. What the what
  197. Well butter my bum
  198. Wing nut
  199. Yuck fou
  200. Zoinks

The Final Thought

I hope that our list of alternative words and phrases to cussing has given you some great alternatives to use in front of your children. The important thing to remember when thinking of an alternative word is to be creative and have a little fun with it.

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!

Hi, I'm Emma and I'm a mother to 5 beautiful children aged from 1 to 21 years old- life is hectic! I have learned so much along the way, not only from my own children but also through my professional life. In my positions as a Childminder and Teaching Assistant, I have studied Child Development and The Early Years Developing Practice. I wish to share all of this knowledge and help you with your own parenting journey!