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21 Vintage Curse Words That Are More Funny Than Offensive Today

01/16/2014 07:02 am ET | Updated Jan 25, 2014

In 1939, Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, ended "Gone With The Wind" with the world's most famous dismissive zinger: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." At the time, it was a bit of a shocker, even though the expletive had been uttered a year earlier in "Pygmalion."

Today, swearing is a completely different animal. In Martin Scorsese’s recently released “The Wolf of Wall Street,” for example, the word "fuck" is used 506 times during the film's 180-minute running time, setting an all-time record for the use of the f-word.

When I was young, I felt sheepish the first time I said the word "sexy" around my parents. Today, research shows that children are learning to swear at very young ages.

We decided to ask our Facebook fans about the curse words of their youth. Jilly Chiappini Gonna said she didn't swear until she was at least 18. "If ma or pa used 'bloody' we knew we should retire to our rooms," she said, adding that "'bugger' meant all hell was about to break out!" Another fan, Joe Miano, said he was at least 18 before he heard an adult drop the f-bomb or say "shit."

So what words did they use decades ago when they wanted to blow off some steam? We asked our readers to name some of their favorite swear words from years past -- and here's what they had to say. Remember any others? Let us know in comments.

1) "Frazzlin, dadgummit," said Theresa Reed.

2) "Heavens to Betsy!" said Marti Gilley.

3) "Jumpin' Jahosafat!!!" said Vicky Merling Points.

4) "Yikes and I still say it," said Jackie Lamothe.

5) "Gadzooks!" said Jim Britt.

6) "Holy cow," said Michelle Ethridge.

7) "Shoot or sugar," said Lynn Robison DeRosa.

8) "Dagnabit!" said Charlene Holbook.

9) "Frickin', flippin', shoot," said Lori A. Doyle.

11) "Geez Louise," said Nancye Hernsmith.

12) "Sugartit!" said Martha Ballantyne.

13) "Jeez oh man," said Penny Dennis Rone.

15) "Dagnammit," said Teena Gordon.

16) "Eat it ... RAW," said Mark Greenberg.

21) "Oh fudge... blasted," said Linda Stanton Tuomi.

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