Just did a new True West Moment about "Cussin' Up A Pink Streak" in the Old West. As I point out there was a time when people went to great lengths NOT to swear around women and children. Today, of course, women and children swear like sailors, but on the American frontier adults got very creative when it came to creating softer oaths to use in mixed company. When did this end? Durned if I know.
Here are a couple sketches that led me there: