SWEARING IS ONE OF MANKIND’S FAVORITE pasttimes. It has never gone out of style, even if some words have come and gone. People’s favorite swear and curse words change over time, and this sadly means that some truly great curse words have been lost to history.

While some old-timey swears sound downright tame when compared to today’s spectacularly imaginative uses of the foulest words (think about “fuckface” for a second — what could that possibly mean?), there are some that would fit right back into our modern lives. Here are some we absolutely need to reintroduce to the lexicon.

1. Beardsplitter

A Victorian word for “penis.”

2. Bedswerver

A British slang word for “cheater,” invented by William Shakespeare himself.

3. Gadzooks!

A variant of “God’s hooks,” this old curse dates back as far as the 17th century, even though it sounds like it was invented for a 1940’s Batman comic.

4. Gadsbudlikins!

Meaning: “God’s body.” Another way of saying it is “Odd’s Bodikins!”

5. Arfarfan’arf

A Victorian term for a drunkard.




6. Rantallion

A weirdly specific Victorian word meaning “one whose scrotum is longer than his penis.”

7. Zooterkins!

A 17th century variant of “zounds!”, which was an expression of surprise or indignation.

8. Zounderkite

A Victorian word for “idiot.”

9. Bescumber

A word from the early 20th century meaning “to spray poo upon.”

10. Gamahuche

A Victorian word for oral sex.

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