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Expletive is a @#^$(*@% term in linguistics for a #@$%&$&! meaningless word filling a ~$#**$@#%!@#$ syntactic vacancy (syntactic expletives). Rather than actually meaning something in itself, it suggests the strength of feeling, usually anger or irritation, but sometimes admiration, etc. Meaningless uses of inoffensive words are seldom referred to as "expletive", but do technically count. Europa and other locations in Girl Genius have some expletives and expressions unique to their use as well as the ones we're used to. They are listed below with who said them:

Expletive Name Comic
what's—OW! ~ soldierUnnamed soldier 20021108 2002-11-08 (Friday)
Die slowly like the miserable rats you are! Heterodyne, AgathaAgatha Heterodyne 20021122 2002-11-22 (Friday)
Mon dieu! Glassvitch, HugoHugo Glassvitch 20021129 2002-11-29 (Friday)
Blast it Beetle, TarsusTarsus Beetle 20021209 2002-12-09 (Monday)
Mon dieu! Glassvitch, HugoHugo Glassvitch 20021216 2002-12-16 (Monday)
Blast it Beetle, TarsusTarsus Beetle 20030113 2003-01-13 (Monday)
Dem ~ JägerUnnamed Jäger 20030113 2003-01-13 (Monday)
Götterdämmerung! Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20030122 2003-01-22 (Wednesday)
Dios ~ doctorUnnamed doctor 20030219 2003-02-19 (Wednesday)
thunder, Daughter ofDaughter of thunder! Zinzer, Moloch vonMoloch von Zinzer 20030226 2003-02-26 (Wednesday)
lightning, sweetSweet lightning! Zinzer, Moloch vonMoloch von Zinzer 20030319 2003-03-19 (Wednesday)
fire, redRed fire Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20030416 2003-04-16 (Wednesday)
Rigger Rats! O’Hara, SleipnirSleipnir O’Hara 20030530 2003-05-30 (Friday)
gott, meinMein gott! DuMedd, TheopholousTheo DuMedd as Lucrezia[1] 20030829 2003-08-29 (Friday)
wound, getGet wound. Wheelwright, IttoItto Wheelwright 20030908 2003-09-08 (Monday)
Gott's little feesh in trousers! MinskMinsk 20031015 2003-10-15 (Wednesday)
Jeez Heterodyne, AgathaAgatha Heterodyne 20031114 2003-11-14 (Friday)
heavens, GoodGood heavens Dolokhov, BorisBoris Dolokhov 20031124 2003-11-24 (Monday)
heck, TheThe heck Zinzer, Moloch vonMoloch von Zinzer 20031126 2003-11-26 (Wednesday)
What on— Heterodyne, AgathaAgatha Heterodyne 20031208 2003-12-08 (Monday)
Get wound! Wulfenbach, GilgameshGilgamesh Wulfenbach 20040225 2004-02-25 (Wednesday)
Drat Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20040430 2004-04-30 (Friday)
Drat Tryggvassen, OtharOthar Tryggvassen 20040709 2004-07-09 (Friday)
DamnI don't give a damn about… Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20040908 2004-09-08 (Wednesday)
Jeez KrospKrosp 20041006 2004-10-06 (Wednesday)
devilWhat the devil was that all about? Madame, OlgaMadame Olga 20041029 2004-10-29 (Friday)
Hoka hey! We're still alive! ThunderingThundering Engine Woman 20050117 2005-01-17 (Monday)
DamnDamn DuPree, BangladeshBangladesh DuPree 20050121 2005-01-21 (Friday)
Good Lord Marie, CountessCountess Marie 20050228 2005-02-28 (Monday)
lightning, sweetSweet lightning! Heterodyne, AgathaAgatha Heterodyne 20050307 2005-03-07 (Monday)
fire, redRed fire ZuliSergeant Zuli 20050603 2005-06-03 (Friday)
hell, what thewhat the hell–? Sturmvoraus, TarvekTarvek Sturmvoraus 20051121 2005-11-21 (Monday)
DamnnationDamnation Wulfenbach, GilgameshGilgamesh Wulfenbach 20060301 2006-03-01 (Wednesday)
lightning, sweetSweet lightning. Sturmvoraus, TarvekTarvek Sturmvoraus 20060426 2006-04-26 (Wednesday)
By de Name — OgnianOgnian 20060607 2006-06-07 (Wednesday)
lightning, sweetSweet lightning! AbnerAbner 20061013 2006-10-13 (Friday)
hell, what theWhat the hell? DuPree, BangladeshBangladesh DuPree 20061222 2006-12-22 (Friday)
heavens, GreatGreat heavens Mekkhan, Carson vonCarson von Mekkhan 20070305 2007-03-05 (Monday)
heavens, GreatGreat heavens Sun Jen-djiehDoctor Sun 20070514 2007-05-14 (Monday)
Bloody ~ assassinUnnamed assassin 20070611 2007-06-11 (Monday)
heavens, GreatGreat heavens Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20070709 2007-07-09 (Monday)
heavens, GoodGood heavens Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20070716 2007-07-16 (Monday)
Confound it Wulfenbach, GilgameshGilgamesh Wulfenbach 20070716 2007-07-16 (Monday)
For pity's sake Wulfenbach, KlausKlaus Wulfenbach 20070716 2007-07-16 (Monday)
hell, what theWhat the hell Tiktoffen, HristoTiktoffen 20070730 2007-07-30 (Monday)
Good Lord Mekkhan, Carson vonCarson von Mekkhan 20070820 2007-08-20 (Monday)
Hell Mekkhan, Carson vonCarson von Mekkhan 20071001 2007-10-01 (Monday)
Dear, meDear me Heterodyne, CastleCastle Heterodyne[2] 20071019 2007-10-19 (Friday)
Suffering sanddragons! Diamant, WilhelmWilhelm Diamant 20071022 2007-10-22 (Monday)
DamnBy damn! Mekkhan, Carson vonCarson von Mekkhan 20071029 2007-10-29 (Monday)
god, b'B'god Radio-Hat, CaptainCaptain Radio-Hat 20071121 2007-11-21 (Wednesday)
Gwangi, ByBy Gwangi! ZeethaZeetha 20071212 2007-12-12 (Wednesday)
construct, go kiss aGo kiss a construct ~ Wulfenbach soldierUnnamed Wulfenbach soldier 20071224 2007-12-24 (Monday)
Jeez ~ Wulfenbach soldierUnnamed Wulfenbach soldier 20071224 2007-12-24 (Monday)
Mon dieu! Fashion ClankFashion Clank 20080116 2008-01-16 (Wednesday)
Ashtara above! ZeethaZeetha 20080512 2008-05-12 (Monday)
rip panel, Pull thePull the rip panel[3] ~ airmanairman Keller 20080721 2008-07-21 (Monday)
gear, bentI don't give a bent gear Strinbeck, DukeDuke Strinbeck 20080723 2008-07-23 (Wednesday)
Freefalling hell KraddokKraddok 20080801 2008-08-01 (Friday)
Geargrit Zinzer, Moloch vonMoloch von Zinzer 20080901 2008-09-01 (Monday)
Holy Smoke! Zinzer, Moloch vonMoloch von Zinzer 20080903 2008-09-03 (Wednesday)
God, ThankThank God. Sturmvoraus, TarvekTarvek Sturmvoraus 20080910 2008-09-10 (Wednesday)
Curses! Wulfenbach, GilgameshGilgamesh Wulfenbach 20081006 2008-10-06 (Monday)
Wow! various 20081022 2008-10-22 (Wednesday)
Devil, the—the Devil?! Wulfenbach troops captain 20090119 2009-01-19 (Monday)
Good Lord GrantzGrantz 20090128 2009-01-28 (Wednesday)
dear, ohOh, dear. Heterodyne, CastleCastle Heterodyne 20090417 2009-04-17 (Friday)
Madre de Diodes DiazProfessor Diaz 20090520 2009-05-20 (Wednesday)
dear, ohOh, dear. Heterodyne, CastleCastle Heterodyne 20090527 2009-05-27 (Wednesday)
Ashtara's toerings! ZeethaZeetha 20090626 2009-06-26 (Friday)
—may her bones burn green Von PinnVon Pinn 20090713 2009-07-13 (Monday)
Jeez ViolettaVioletta 20090824 2009-08-24 (Monday)
Oh my gosh! Zinzer, Moloch vonMoloch von Zinzer 20091109 2009-11-09 (Monday)
heavens, GoodGood heavens Sturmvoraus, TarvekTarvek Sturmvoraus 20100118 2010-01-18 (Monday)
fire, blueBlue fire! Sturmvoraus, TarvekTarvek Sturmvoraus 20100723 2010-07-23 (Friday)
you filthy thief of souls… Von PinnVon Pinn/Otilia 20100730 2010-07-30 (Friday)
Blast Malfeazium, ZolaZola Malfeazium 20100910 2010-09-10 (Friday)
Knives und sand! Vole, CaptainCaptain Vole 20110808 2011-08-08 (Monday)
Ares' sake, forfor Ares' sake! Wulfenbach soldierWulfenbach soldier 20111116 2011-11-16 (Wednesday)
lightning, sweetSweet lightning! Mezzasalma, CaractacusCaractacus Mezzasalma 20111221 2011-12-21 (Wednesday)
fire, BlackBlack fire and slag! Wulfenbach, GilgameshGilgamesh Wulfenbach 20120210 2012-02-10 (Friday)
Ashtara's holy daggers, ByBy Ashtara's holy daggers… ZeethaZeetha 20120416 2012-04-16 (Monday)
Gott's leedle feesh in trousers! Gkika, MammaMamma Gkika 20120502 2012-05-02 (Wednesday)
Jeez Vespiary SquadVespiary Squad member 20120615 2012-06-15 (Friday)
Sir Isaac, byby Sir Isaac! Sturmvoraus, TarvekTarvek Sturmvoraus 20120815 2012-08-15 (Wednesday)
devil and his hat, By theBy the devil and his hat! Punch-CaptainPunch-Captain 20130116 2013-01-16 (Wednesday)
crackthunderwhat in crackthunder is… unnamed Wulfenbach? soldierunnamed Wulfenbach? soldier 20130213 2013-02-13 (Wednesday)
dumboozleVot der dumboozle? DimoDimo 20131009 2013-10-09 (Wednesday)
Vulcan, ThankThank Vulcan! PunchPunch 20131016 2013-10-16 (Wednesday)
Smagga du BOKK! VelixMadame Velix 20151021 2015-10-21 (Wednesday)
son of a moonfather, clampoonedClampooned son of a moonfather! Greenclaw, CharlemagneCharlemagne Greenclaw 20170915 2017-09-15 (Friday)
blazes, purplepurple blazes Hawkins, JeanneCaptain Jeanne Hawkins 20171211 2017-12-11 (Monday)
blazes, greenWho in green blazes is that? HiggsThe Unstoppable Higgs 20190925 2019-09-25 (Wednesday)
Seas above!Seas above! JonesSubmariner Jones 20191227 2019-12-27 (Friday)
thunderfish, great burblingGreat burbling thunderfish! Serenity, HisHis Serenity 20200120 2020-01-20 (Monday)
Bosco, ThankThank Bosco. AbnerAbner 20200706 2020-07-06 (Monday)
jove, greatGreat Jove! Blitzengaard, Martellus vonMartellus von Blitzengaard 20200710 2020-07-10 (Friday)
Confound it Blitzengaard, Martellus vonMartellus von Blitzengaard 20200717 2020-07-17 (Friday)
Blood and pretzels!Blood and pretzels! DuPree, BangladeshBangladesh DuPree 20210421 2021-04-21 (Wednesday)
fire, blueBlue fire! Wulfenbach, GilgameshGilgamesh Wulfenbach 20210426 2021-04-26 (Monday)
Hoxa's green cauldrons, What inWhat in Hoxa's green cauldrons Steelgarter, AriadneAriadne Steelgarter 20210721 2021-07-21 (Wednesday)

References

  1. In the story "The Dragon from Mars".
  2. Through the Throne of Faustus Heterodyne.
  3. In ballooning (and presumably also true for airships) a rip panel allows for the rapid release of the balloon's contents. In other words "lose the hot air".