What is called a technique or method of using similar sounding words, instead of swear words in a sentence? For example:

I'm not going to invite that mother trucker or mother father to the party.

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This is a minced oath a form of euphemism which is sometimes done to bowdlerise a text.

To "mince" is being used in an archaic sense of "make very small". There are many ways to mince an oath, but using similar-sounding words is a common one. "Oath" is also being used in an old-fashioned way. Many would not consider sexual swear words to be "oaths" in the normal sense. But many of the old taboo words were related to God or Jesus.

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