animal comic book stories are restricted in several ways when it comes to
morality. As any other artist Carl
Barks was subject to moral codes (see more
HERE), and one of them was the prohibition of
Swearing and Cursing*. But nevertheless Barks used some swearing words from time to
he used most of them without
even reflecting on them twice, because they were a natural part of his language
at the time, and none of them could certainly compare to
today's so-called four-letter swearing
words that speak more of the utterer's level of intelligence than anything else!
In this page you are presented to examples of swearing idioms in text as well as graphics, most of which will probably not even lift an eyebrow of readers of today....
* The term Swearing has opposite basic meanings; it can either be perceived as a positive thing such as a solemn declaration resulting in an oath, or it can be perceived as a negative thing such as a major irritation resulting in profanity. This page solely refers to the latter group!
Hogwash is kind of a crappy
expression that is rarely used today. A corresponding - and considerably
more straightforward - term that means the same is, uh, Bullshit...
What the Sam Hill is an old slang
phrase and euphemism for the Devil or Hell. The origin is unknown, but
several hundred years old, and Barks used the expression occasionally.
The concept of Hell in swearing mode was frequently paraphrased by Barks. He used the powerful reference in numerous disarming ways and more innocent contexts, but the fact remains, that all the terms mentioned above (and more) are swearing words.
animal comic book would allow the reader to actually read the explicit, nasty words
that may escape a character when swearing.
So swearing is often illustrated by substituting text with assorted symbols:
lightning, bombs, stars, skull and crossbones, and much more, in order to
indicate that the character is swearing. Barks used this method very
Graphics can be used as suggestive means for describing the act of swearing without any actual swear words present. Barks used this option from time to time. Above is a collection of quite diverse types of examples that clearly demonstrates the persons' states of mind.
It would appear that the Ducks could differentiate between good and foul language - and were prepared to point it out. In this story a nephew reprimands his agitated uncle for using 'salty language'! Goodness gracious...