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Isn't "holy crap" a really bad swearing word? Or is it acceptable to say "holy crap" in similar contexts?

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Rebecca

"Holy crap" is considered a relatively mild swear word and is acceptable in most informal situations, like the one in this video (including on TV, as it is usually not censored). You cannot, however, use it in professional or formal settings. "Holy cow" or "oh my god" are similar expressions that are milder in meaning. Ex: Holy crap! Did you see how fast that car went? Ex: Holy cow. Today was an exhausting day.

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