Did you know that for most societies, their swear words usually have a religious connotation? Does ‘Jesus H. Christ!’ ring any bells for anyone? People also use words that relate to something unique to where they live as expletives or just as strong expression of well, just about anything. Ever read any of the books in the Dragon Riders of Pern series? They do tend to say ‘Shells!’ a bit (or maybe some variation of this, haven’t read one of those books in a while). I’m not saying you guys need to devote months to create a rich vocabulary of swear words, I’m just saying one or two that have evolved from that society’s unique history, religion, etc. can make the entire story seem more realistic.
What do you think?
K, the Popinjay.