Bad Words

This post could step on some toes, but I’m just going to say it – I don’t like foul language. As in, I don’t use it. I think it has a lot to do with what I discussed in my post Dignity.

And as much as I don’t like it, my thirteen year old can’t stand it. The other night I said, “What the heck…” and all heck broke loose. “Mom, you already say ‘crap,’ now this is just too much.”

Sheesh, I didn’t realize I was such a potty mouth.

When I was growing up the “Sh” word meant “shut up” and the “F” word was “fart.” And I’ve kept it that way in my own home, although fart has moved into the “acceptable” language realm. Just don’t say it around my mother.

My seven year old is, of course, totally concerned with what is and is not appropriate to say. At least once a day we discuss words that may or may not be “bad.”

“Mom, can I say ‘oh my?’ Mom, is ‘yikes’ a bad word?”

The word stupid gets brought to the table quite often. Is stupid a bad word? Well, not technically, but like guns, it all depends on how you use it. Occasionally, “stupid” gets back on the list of words they can say but it rarely lasts five minutes before somebody done called somebody stupid and, just like that, “stupid” is once again off the table and back on the list of bad words.

English is a second language for all four of my children, so the discussion of what words are “bad” happens a lot around here. Of course I don’t use “bad language” at home but they still hear it in school and on TV so they are often confused about what is and is not appropriate to say.

The other day my thirteen year old and ten year old were discussing the word “dammit” and if it was a “bad word” or not. I explained the origin and clearly emphasized that it was on the “bad” list. Let’s fast forward to the next day while I am standing with the five year olds and their moms outside of school waiting to go into Pre-K. You know where this is going… My little P decides to hop across the center walk way and very loudly proclaim, “DAMMIT!” for no reason at all.

Mortified

Appalled

Ashamed

The fact is, I was more concerned with what others would think of me as a mother than why my little one said that. Sigh.

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Little Stinker

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PS: She was, of course, immediately corrected and set back on the straight and narrow. 

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16 thoughts on “Bad Words

  1. My language used to be horrible. Then (this is when my daughter was a toddler), I heard HER use one of the words, and I started making a concerted effort to clean up my own language. My boys (now 15 and 17) have picked up a dictionary full of ‘bad words’ from the internet and occasionally spout off, because to them it seems ‘normal’. I try to explain to them that I would prefer them not to use those words and that at the very least it is my right /not/ to hear them

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  2. Ah yes, my kids are a bit confused about bad words in multiple languages. At home they are told “shut-up” is inappropriate but when they go to Sunday school it is used on them! Oh India… We often come to the conclusion of “As for me and my house…we will not use those words.”

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  3. We say that about a lot of things. Others may dress that way, others may play those video games, others may talk like that, we that does not mean we have to. It is a good lesson to learn in life.

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  4. This is great. I am well known by all of my friends and coworkers as not swearing. The nice part is that most people once they realize it, clean up their language around me. I appreciate the effort. I was always told that swearing is what you do when you don’t have anything intelligent to say. I never wanted to feel like I wasn’t intelligent, so I didn’t swear. There are some of those “borderline words” that sometimes sneak out, but they are still pretty rare. It always amazes and shocks people when I give a direct quote with a swear in it. Makes me giggle a little bit!

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  5. When I was about P’s age, some of the slightly older kids in our neighborhood dared me to yell “g. damn!!” as loud as I could. I said, No, that’s a bad word! They cleverly replied “Oh no, it’s only a bad word if you say ‘g. damn IT.’ But ‘g. damn’ by itself is OK.” They dared me to go stand close to my house and yell it as loud as I could. I naively accepted their challenge. As you can imagine, my dad was out the door faster than you can say “g.d.” and he took me inside and proceeded to give me one of the worst spankings I ever got. Needless to say I never made that mistake again. 😛

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  6. First of all I would like to say superb blog!

    I had a quick question that I’d like to ask if you do not mind.
    I was interested to know how you center yourself and clear your mind before writing.
    I’ve had a hard time clearing my mind in getting my thoughts out there.
    I do enjoy writing however it just seems like the first
    10 to 15 minutes tend to be lost simply just trying to figure
    out how to begin. Any ideas or hints? Cheers!

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    • Thank you! I guess the way my mind works is that I just put down everything that is on my mind not worrying about if it is good or not. I just get it all out. Once that is done I edit, edit, edit, edit… I read what I’ve written over and over again until it becomes what I want it to be. Sometimes that is quick and easy and sometimes it could take a couple hours for a short post. I find most of my creativity comes in my editing process. I hope that helps. Thanks for asking.

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