06 January 2012 @ 10:00 am
Creative Cursing  
Everything in the Wizarding world seems a bit bigger, a bit more dramatic than in the Muggle world. Swear words should be no exception! This week we join Severus and Hermione for a crash course in Creative Cursing. Come add to your vocabulary courtesy of our beloved SSHG authors.



Want to give Hermione a run for her money in the know-it-all field? Simply play the quiz by commenting on this post with your answers at any time over the weekend. All comments with answers will be screened until the answer sheet is posted on Monday morning EST. On Monday, all quizzlings with the correct answers will receive a pretty banner to prove their quiz prowess. Ready? Set? Play!

Need to get in the mood first? Check out THE HISSING HARPIES' MASTER LIST for an extensive list of creative cursing!


Match the quotes to the story titles without picking the red herring titles:

The F Word by mad_queen_mab
Creative Cursing by imhilien
I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies (Or click on the Hissing Harpies tag for access to all 28 parts.)
Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
The Pink Bezoar by duniazade
Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka


1. Bugger all to fucking hell. No, scratch that. Bollocks. Scratch that, too. Fucking diddy elf ness.

Severus scratched the bridge of his nose. He was tired. Too tired to swear properly. Too fucking tired to swear properly. This really was getting out of control.

He looked down at the paper riddled with his failed attempts as he endeavored to drown out the prattle prattle prattle blah blah blah coming from the girl standing in front of his desk. Her question may be valid. Possibly. But he didn’t dare look up, and to be frank, he didn’t really feel like answering, and if his surliness was only out of spite, well, so be it.

He’d seen her when she walked in. She was wearing one of those shirts again. Rather, she was wearing a shirt that had a few buttons loose… again. How her two dunderhead companions failed to notice this, he had no idea. Ah, of course. The witch had probably charmed her disheveled appearance to be visible only to him.

How bloody fucking clever of her. Also, how bloody annoying.

He’d tried to talk to Minerva about why on earth her favorite sixth year was trying to seduce him.


2. “Blech! This tea is so strong I’m surprised it hasn’t swum out of the pot on its own. And do you brew the sodding coffee for a week, or just over the weekend?” she asked, grimacing at the beaker.

“A little astringent for you, Reggie?” he purred, silkily. He was beginning to feel more himself. Hail, powers of caffeine. He was quite equal to cutting this nasty little rodent down to size without resorting to gratuitous jinxes.

“Alum is ‘a little astringent’, arsehole. This stuff is a fucking liquid black hole. Merlin’s hairy arse in a g-string, it’s a wonder your face hasn’t collapsed on itself. Of course, it goes a long way to explaining your teeth, your expression, and your cheery outlook on life.”

“You get out of bed every morning to try teaching generations of genetic miscues on anything weaker than this, and see how far you get,” he groused.

“Seeing as how you don’t have to do that for a living anymore, that excuse sucks donkey cock. Look, I’ll adjust your toothpaste to counteract the worst of this; but long term, you need to seriously cut back on the tall, dark, and staining beverages. Lose the booze too, while you’re at it. That hangover relief potion isn’t exactly a dental beauty treatment.”

With a minimum of profanity (on either side), they managed to ascend the stairs and deal with the toothpaste charm. But a fully-caffeinated and minty-fresh Snape once again felt sufficiently rebellious to balk at the idea of further improvements.


3. You Self-Flagellating, Self-Righteous, Snivelling Fuckwit,

You think so little of me to consider my unchecked passion, my unconditional love, my deep, almost inexpressible delight in finding you to be nothing more than some misguided desire to be nice to a decrepit old man. Fuck you.

For someone with such an inordinate amount of intelligence, you are remarkably stupid. You refuse to see any but the worst thing in front of that enormous nose of yours. You look at sacrifice and courage and see only debasement. You look at unchecked passion and, face it, Snape, transcendent sex and see nothing but - how did you put it? - “fire and degradation.” You admit - you did admit it, I have it in writing even if you try to deny that you also said it out loud more than once, you plonker - that you love me, and you heard me say it back - more than once and not just screamed at the top of my dear-Merlin-how-can-he-make-me-come-like-this lungs. And yet you pretend that some words have more power than others, that one action makes everything since then impossible.


4. Time passes. Severus rediscovers the versatility of fuck.

She says: "Fuck off, Ron. I'm not going to snog you beside Snape's sickbed."

And, later: "I'll be just fine, Gin. Your brother's a lousy fuck anyhow."

"An interview? Go fuck a Nargle, Skeeter. He's fucking brilliant at potions, remember, and I'm sure he could find use for beetle bits."

"He's been loyal all along, Minister. You've got to pardon him. Trust the Pensieve; Harry's not going to fuck you over."

Then, whispered, her breath warm in his ear: "It's been three-fucking-weeks, Professor, won't you please wake?"


5. "So everybody's settled and happy," Toby said, putting his feet up on the table and knocking over the stacked invitations. "How's about some tea, love? I could murder a bacon butty…"

Severus glared poisonously. "I could murder something, too."

"Bring us a butty, sugar snatch!" Fluffy croaked.

"Porphyria's push-up bra!" Hermione peered at the cage. "What the hell is that?"

"That's Fluffy," Toby volunteered.

"Pet Fluffy!" the bird agreed, whistling suggestively. "Show Fluffy your pretty titties!"

Hermione gawped. "That perverted parrot has to go!"

Severus sniggered. "What sort of hard-hearted harpy would refuse my dear father's thoughtful wedding present, hmm?"


6. "Mother of MERLIN!"

Here we go. Snape could cuss for England.

"Of all the lack-witted idiots to darken my classroom doorstep, Marchbanks has to be the worst –"

I smirked into my cauldron, stirring in the ground cayenne. Jolly good, Neville will love to know he's been displaced in the professor's affectionate regard.

"—and most inept since Longbottom! Quarter-inch dices! Is that so difficult to comprehend? There are rulers available for reference in the store cupboard!"

Spoke too soon. Poor Neville. Dear Professor, if Marchbanks is so awful, why didn't you just make him scrub the floor with his toothbrush or something equally disgusting?

"School full of morons, can't trust any of them to do what they're told or to work independently —"

All right now, I quite resent being lumped in with the rest of the unwashed masses at this school!

"— What are their parents teaching them at home? A little hard work never killed anyone! A little attention to detail is all I'm asking. Frigga's splintery broomstick!"

Oooh, that's a new one. I knew I'd learn to brew potions as Snape's assistant, but I never dreamed I'd get such a delicious education in the finer Wizarding curse words. He is really in fine form now, pacing across the flagstone floor of the lab, long-fingered hands gesticulating with every word, his eyes full of passionate fire…

What? No. No, no passionate fire. No long fingered hands. No fine form. I am not going there.


7. “I’ve never seen you before, Turpin,” Hermione began, “how long have you lived with Professor Snape?”

“I’ve been here with gloomy arse for a year now. He got me from my first mistress--wasn’t she a fucking bitch. Even I don’t have the mouth to describe that earth-vexing harpy.” Turpin looked to his master with obvious affection. “I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him, the hinny. Best day of my life when narky arse nicked me.”

Giving Professor Snape a look of incredulity, Hermione rather loudly said, “You stole him?”

“Oh…” continued Turpin, “he didn’t just nick me, he hexed that bloody twunt arse over tits. I never saw anything like it.” Turpin stared at Severus with pride. “You were the scariest thing I ever saw in my life; I might've run for it if I hadn’t been on fire.”

“On fire?” Hermione asked.

At last bringing a halt to even pretending to grade essays, Severus turned serious eyes upon Miss Granger. “Turpin’s former owner--and for once his description is not exaggerated--was upset with him because he didn’t answer a question fast enough. When I first took note of what was happening she was using Cruciatus on him. Before I could intervene, she had set his tail on fire.”

“He put me tail out, he did…and picked me up. Been in this hellhole ever since,” the jarvey said softly.

“Wanker,” said Severus, with blunt affection.

“Toss-pot,” replied Turpin, in kind.


8. As the warm water pounded rhythmically upon her skin Hermione replayed the previous evening’s events. She’d gone out in the hope that she would ‘stumble’ across Severus and be able to strike up an intelligent conversation with him. She’d ended it playing tonsil tennis with Neville Longbottom.

“Blistering Baldric’s Bollocks, way to go Granger,” she chided herself. “That’s how not to go about ensnaring a snarly Potions masters.”

Turning the taps off, she ran the palms of her hands over her face before squeezing the excess water from her mass of damp hair.

She definitely needed to go Cold Turkey.


9. “As long as you don’t mark us down if we don’t put the answer you’re expecting. I don’t want the other students’ marks compromised.”

Oh, Merlin be buggered, she’s a shop steward as well. Once she gets the bit between her teeth ... She’s gone slightly pink. It rather suits her.

“You are the most presumptuous and opinionated meddler I have ever had the ill-fortune to come across, Miss Granger. Very well. If you are so concerned about the results of this test, you will stay behind and mark each paper in tandem with me, to ensure the utmost fairness.”

That’ll shut her up.

“Good idea.”

“What?”

“I said good idea. That’s a very fair and sensible thing to do.”

Oh, for fuck’s sake, woman, get a life! I wish she wouldn’t look at me like that. She has very deep eyes. Large too. And the shadow between her breasts is ... Oh sweet Merlin, don’t start ... Not that ... Not now ... it’s nearly the end of the lesson. I won’t be able to stand up at this rate. Stop looking at her, you pathetic sex-starved moron!! Bloody hell, it’s been too bloody long. I knew I should get out of this fucking place.


10. Severus took the quill from her hand and scratched a few words onto her parchment.

Next to the word Clunny, spiky letters spelt out RavenCLaw’s C— Next to Oddslocks, he wrote GODrick’s ball—

Without lifting her head from the parchment, she stole her quill back and wrote, HH?

Taking the proffered quill, he wrote, Puffanny.

SS?

Salazar’s slimy snake. It doesn’t abbreviate well. But you’ve missed Godskin.

Godrick’s bodkin?

Very good.


The quill was snatched from Severus’ hand before he could scrawl another word.

“Severus Snape, what do you think you are doing?” demanded an outraged Molly Weasley.


 
 
( 29 comments — Leave a comment )
mollyssister: dancing Snapemollyssister on January 6th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
Excellent new icon my friend!
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 6th, 2012 04:48 pm (UTC)
What can I say? I simply couldn't resist!
natasnapenatasnape on January 6th, 2012 04:42 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful, wonderful quiz you put together today! This was exactly what the doctor ordered for the end of this week.



1 - Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
2 - Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
3 - The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
4 - The F Word by mad_queen_mab
5 - I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies (Or click on the Hissing Harpies tag for access to all 28 parts.)
6 - Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
7 - Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
8 - Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
9 - The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
10 - Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz

none - Creative Cursing by imhilien
none - The Pink Bezoar by duniazade
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:08 pm (UTC)
Congratulations! You have aced the #$@!*% quiz! Here's your pretty banner to prove you rock the swear words.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
droxydroxy on January 6th, 2012 04:49 pm (UTC)
Gawd I love the hissing harpies... =)
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 6th, 2012 04:51 pm (UTC)
I know! I need to go read it all over again and laugh myself silly. Just the master list of curses brings a big ol' smile to my face!
bulletimescullybulletimescully on January 6th, 2012 08:26 pm (UTC)
1. Awkward Entanglements
2. Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey
3. Dear John Letters
4. The F-Word
5. I F***ing Do
6. Exceeds Expectations
7. Overcome With Feeling
8. Is She Really…? Or What Happens When You Try to Drown Your Sorrows
9. The Remarkable Realization of Severus Snape
10. Private Lessons


Red Herrings:
Creative Cursing and The Pink Bezoar
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:10 pm (UTC)
You have aced the #&@%*^!$ quiz! Congratulations on being able to outswear Severus and Hermione. Here's your pretty banner to prove you can curse with the best of them.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
CCmidnightzstorm on January 7th, 2012 03:20 am (UTC)
I have been using the quiz more as a Rec list, this is the first time I've played and its ton of fun! You mods are awesome at keeping this community going and picking great stories.

(Deleted my first comment, forgot a number)

1. Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
2. Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
3. The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
4. The F Word by mad_queen_mab
5. I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies
6. Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
7. Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
8. Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows?
9. The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
10. Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:13 pm (UTC)
It's your first time playing the quiz? Wow, this is one impressive debut! Congratulations on acing the %#@*$!& quiz. Here's a pretty banner to prove you can swear with the best of them. Even Fluffy the parrot is impressed.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
Ladymage Samikoiqeret on January 7th, 2012 07:45 am (UTC)
1. Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
2. Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
3. The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
4. The F Word by mad_queen_mab
5. I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies
6. Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
7. Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
8. Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
9. The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
10. Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:14 pm (UTC)
You have aced the #%@*$&! quiz, my dear! Way to rock the swear words! Here's a pretty banner to prove you are fluent in Creative Cursing.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
beffeysuebeffeysue on January 7th, 2012 01:39 pm (UTC)
1. Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
2. Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
3. The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
4. The F Word by mad_queen_mab
5. I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies (Or click on the Hissing Harpies tag for access to all 28 parts.)
6. Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
7. Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
8. Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
9. The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
10. Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:15 pm (UTC)
Outstanding, swearing, my dear! We knew you had it in you. You have aced the %#$*@!& quiz and earned a pretty banner to prove it.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
klschmidt1309klschmidt1309 on January 8th, 2012 01:31 am (UTC)
4 The F Word by mad_queen_mab
x Creative Cursing by imhilien
5 I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies (Or click on the Hissing Harpies tag for access to all 28 parts.)
1 Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
8 Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
x The Pink Bezoar by duniazade
2 Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
9 The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
6 Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
3 The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
10 Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
7 Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:17 pm (UTC)
Way to ace the $@*^#%! quiz, my little quizzling! You've made Fluffy the parrot proud. Here's a pretty banner to prove you are fluent in Creative Cursing.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
madeleonemadeleone on January 8th, 2012 08:55 am (UTC)

Answers to: Creative Cursing quiz 1/8/12


1. Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian

2. Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher

3. The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer

4. The F Word by mad_queen_mab

5. I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies

6. Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus

7. Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka

8. Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape

9. The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912

10. Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
You aced the @&*#%$! quiz! Fluffy the parrot is so very proud of you. Here's a pretty banner to prove you can creatively curse with the best of them.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
premierludwig: rickman liasons bedpremierludwig on January 8th, 2012 02:02 pm (UTC)
1) Awkward Entanglements
2) Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey
3) The Dear John Letters
4) The F Word
5) I F***ing Do!
6) Exceeds Expectations
7) Overcome With Feeling
8) Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows
9) The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape
10) Private Lessons
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC)
Way to ace the %@*#&!^ quiz, my little quizzling! You have proven you can swear with the best of them. Here's your pretty banner to prove you are fluent in Creative Cursing.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
darklotus1211darklotus1211 on January 8th, 2012 03:41 pm (UTC)
I think I have these right...

1 Awkward Entanglements
2 Courtesy of your Fairy God-Jarvey
3 The Dear John Letters
4 The F Word
5 I F***ing Do!
6 Exceeds Expectations
8 Is She Really?...
9 The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape
10 Private Lessons
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Congrats on acing the #%*@^!$ quiz! Fluffy the parrot is so very proud of you. Here's a pretty banner to prove you can swear with the best of them!

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
darklotus1211darklotus1211 on January 9th, 2012 05:28 pm (UTC)
YAY!

Outf***ingstanding!

Thanks!
madeleonemadeleone on January 8th, 2012 10:17 pm (UTC)
Once again I must offer thanks to the wonderful quiz for unearthing a fic I had yet to discover. I had never before read Overcome With Feeling by Plaidpooka, and I enjoyed it immensely. Thank you very much!
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 8th, 2012 10:21 pm (UTC)
Well, then, our work here is done! We adore uniting fangirls with new-to-them stories. Turpin is one of my favorite OC's. He never fails to make me laugh out loud, no matter how many times I read his comments. Love that jarvey!
puzzlegrrlpuzzlegrrl on January 9th, 2012 01:59 am (UTC)
1 Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
2 Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
3 The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
4 The F Word by mad_queen_mab
5 I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies
6 Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
7 Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
8 Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
9 The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
10 Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz

morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
You've aced the %@$*!$ quiz! Congrats, my little quizzling. Fluffy the parrot approves. Here's your pretty banner to prove you are fluent in Creative Cursing.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
Jinxie!jinxie4 on January 9th, 2012 02:30 pm (UTC)
1. Awkward Entanglements by lady_rhian
2. Courtesy of Your Fairy God-Jarvey by dracontia aka reginafletcher
3. The Dear John Letters by elise_wanderer
4. The F Word by mad_queen_mab
5. I F***ing Do! by The Hissing Harpies
6. Exceeds Expectations by voxangelus
7. Overcome With Feeling by plaidpooka
8. Is She Really...? or What Happens When You Try To Drown Your Sorrows. by savine_snape
9. The Remarkable Realisation of Severus Snape by laurielover1912
10. Private Lessons by a_bees_buzz
morethansirius: Snape cursing - PotterPuffsmorethansirius on January 9th, 2012 05:24 pm (UTC)
Outstanding work, my little quizzling! You have aced the #&@%^*$! quiz! Fluffy the parrot is so very proud of you. Here's your pretty banner to prove you can swear with the best of them.

http://pics.livejournal.com/morethansirius/pic/0012br8a
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