Curse Words/Expletives From the Bible


For many generations in the English world we have used words from the Bible in a corrupt way in order to express anger, frustration, annoyance or just to be “cool.”

Jesus said: “But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.”  Matthew 5:34-36

“Jesus Christ”

“Jesus Christ Almighty”


“Jesus, Joseph and Mary” (Catholic expletive)

“Judas Priest” (Oxymoron)

“Jumpin’ Jehosophat”

“Jimminy Crickets” (The JC used in place of Jesus Christ)

“Gee, Geez” (Corruption of Jesus)

“Holy Smokes” (In place of Holy Ghost)

“Darn” (In place of damn)

“Dangit” (In place of damn it)

“Dang” in place of damn

“Damn you”


“Doggone it” (Combination of damn and God)

“Golly” (In place of God)

“Egads” (In place of “oh my God”)


“Hell, no! or Hell, yes!”

“You go to hell!”

“…will go to hell” (II Thessalonians. 1:7-9)

“Hell-bent to….”

“All the way to hell and back”

“Hell and high water” (Like in Japan’s tsunami March 2011)

“Heck” (Is corruption of “hell”)

“What the hell”

Article by Sandra Sweeny Silver