We all have those moments when we lose our cool. Some handle it better than others.

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Many of us take to spouting off at the mouth when we're frustrated, but there are some instances where that's just not the most appropriate thing to do, like if there are kids around...or you're in church!

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For example, My daughter, who was 6 at the time, decided to express her artistic creativity...on the side of my van...with a screw she found in the backyard.

The side of my van, after my 6-yr-old "drew on it" with a screw. Cori Skall
The side of my van, after my 6-yr-old "drew on it" with a screw. Cori Skall
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As she proudly took me by the hand to show off her masterpiece, some very choice words flashed through my mind. In a rare instance of self-control, what came out of my mouth was much more PG.

The side of my van, after my 6-yr-old "drew on it" with a screw. Cori Skall
The side of my van, after my 6-yr-old "drew on it" with a screw. Cori Skall
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The reason for my revised reaction: I had a toolbox full of "alternative" swear words to choose from.

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Don't get me wrong. I am the first to admit that swearing feels really good sometimes, and I could easily hang with any pirate or trucker, with the vocabulary I have housed away in my head.

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But these days, modeling discretion in front of the tiny parrots I helped create, serves us all a little better than spouting off spice for all the neighborhood to hear.

I asked a bunch of folks what favorite "substitute swear words" they use. And they provided quite the list.

So allow me to share with you some of those options, for the next time you get worked up and want to shout something awful out loud.

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Beatrix Boros
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And please feel free to add your own!