Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Cussing



C is for Cussing. (Maybe in a pinch, I'll use it for F, too) 

Sometimes I feel like I am the only one on an island - surrounded by a sea of Big Bad Cussers.   I just don't curse and cuss as a rule but that's not to say, I never say a "bad word".  Gee when did it become an issue, where those of us who don't cuss, have to explain ourselves?  After working with young children and babies for years and years - I trained myself not to cuss.  (So yes Mommies it CAN be done, only if you want to.)  Oh I might have "thought" about a cuss word, now and then - especially while changing a poopy diaper.  But I'd just don't say it.  I know I know, it's strange.   (Except when that idiot tried to cut me off or the IRS wants to do a audit)  

This was not always the case with me. When I first heard the F-WORD, I loved that word.  My folks were shocked when they heard me say it the first time and I was immediately reprimanded.  So I just knew, that I had to have 2 languages - one at home and one at school.  Anyone remember the Name-Game?  Or "My father works at the Ship Yard" while holding your tongue????

After high school, I started a union job in San Francisco and BOY did I hear a lot of cussing and cursing back then.  I joined right in. There was a even a time, when someone said I talked like a truck-driver!  Me?  I didn't feel too good about that comment. That's when I really tried to curb it.

Then kids came into the picture - innocent little minds that could hardly pronounce bad words yet could always get a snicker from us, every-time they said "TRUCK."  Really now, were we THAT immature?  I really tried hard to train myself and for the most part it did work. Now, did my 3 precious and perfect sons grow up to speak the Queens English????  I wish I could say they did, but NO they cuss. At least they didn't get that from me and they are careful to not over do it with the F-words or I will say something.  Hey, I'm the Mom - I can still do that!

 - if I do slam my finger in the door and I let out a big "FFFF-TRUCK" it's my grown sons who now snicker at me.


33 comments:

  1. I definitely curb my cussing around others. Especially kids, religious folk, and people I've just met.

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    1. That's called being on your BEST BEHAVIOR until you get a "feel" for them. :-)

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  2. I've always enjoyed swearing. It's so satisfying! And provided you don't use it as a substitute for a solid vocabulary, then it can be incredibly effective.

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    1. True. I do tend to save it for when I am fit to be tied and so mad I am going to flip out. And then it does feel satisfying. I save it up and use it when I really have to.

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  3. It's admirable that you broke the habit. It's a hard one to break.

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    1. I guess. I have other bad habits...that can be just as crude, rude and socially unacceptable.

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  4. I love how you have trained yourself to not use bad words. I struggle with that, because when things go wrong something slips out of my mouth. I don't like it and I really want to stop doing it! I think not using bad words is something to be proud of and something to set as a goal.

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  5. Ha I live in Scotland where the F word is simply part of the language - mainly as an adjective, and usually without any annoyance whatsoever. It took some getting used to when I moved here 10 years ago but I genuinely hardly notice now. I've tried to stop it creeping into my own vocabulary, so far so good :)

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    1. Wow Scotland. I didn't know they cuss over there. My ancestors were from Scotland. I guess they cussed, too. :-)

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  6. The first time my 3-yr-old said a cuss word, we were on vacation with my mom. She turned and looked at me and then slapped me. Then she turned to my 3-yr-old and told him sweetly that mommy shouldn't say that word and neither should he. My kids cuss but they never did in front of their grandmother.

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    1. Yeah I'd never do it around my grandparents either.

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  7. I try to keep things pretty clean, but I have to admit that my dog has heard me say things I'd never say in front of my boys :-)

    Jenny at Choice City Native

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    1. I hate to even cuss in front of my dog!!!

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  8. For me it depends on the situation. I can be a potty mouth or not!

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    1. true - but when I am mad, really really mad, and I start to cuss, people move out of my way or they laugh at me.

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  9. thank you for the time-traveling leap back to toddlers saying Truck. LOL! LOL!

    My dad was a cook in the navy. I lived in a mixed signal home; daddy could say whatever, but we were constantly threatened with 'wash your mouth out with soap' if we swore. You would think a bar of soap in one's mouth would curb the habit, but not so much. LOL

    I do know when to contain myself; at work, around young children, around my mom. Otherwise, I do suffer from potty-mouth-itis. ;)

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    1. My mom used to use hot sauce but then I grew to love the stuff. I don't think she ever used soap on me - she did threaten to all the time though.

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  10. I agree- I hardly ever swear.My parents hate swearing too. However, as a high school student, I hear the F word every day!

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  11. I admit, I'm a cusser, but I do try to curb. Instead of the f-bomb, I scream frickin frack. But the real one often raises its dirty head when I'm caught off guard. Funny though, my 18 year old son absolutely will not cuss in front of me. He's too smart for that, I suppose.

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    1. he lives two lives like I did, one at school/work and one at home. They all do.

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  12. Another admitted cusser here. Try to be careful around who though...especially will not around kids and older people. It's a respect thing. :)

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    1. True, I even stand up straighter around older people!

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  13. It was a tough habit to break. After years in a band and an entire adulthood around musicians, I had a truck driver mouth. But when kids came along, I had to get creative. I now cuss like Fred Flintstone. "Fedder Redder Ruh." Or, some variation of "Mother Flippin' Flop" or "Mother Flibbidy Gibbit". Once I blurted out "Mother of Flapjack Jesus" without even thinking. I don't know where that came from, but my 10 year old was quite amused.

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    1. Too funny. I wouldn't be able to remember all those "flint-stone curses".

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  14. I always go for "firetruck" as a good alternative for the F-bomb.

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  15. I love this post! It's realistic and refreshing. It's frustrating to work at a pediatric office and have to remind the staff kids are present. Many eyes have been rolled at me, but not all parents appreciate their kids hearing foul language at their provider's office.

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  16. Hey great post, really funny too. I find it hard not to swear, especially at other drivers on the road (its impossible!)... I dont have kids yet but I do make an effort not to swear in front of my 3 year old niece.

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  17. I have always hated the F-word:( I used to talk like a trucker but never did use the F-word.

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  18. I like this post. I do pretty well at holding my tongue these days, but I'm a writer, and if I want to let my bad guy cuss up a storm, I can do it and enjoy every minute of it.

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  19. I have never been one to cuss a lot either. Not that I never drop the F-bomb now and then, I do, but just don’t do it as a general rule. When I began blogging, I was amazed at much cussing I saw everywhere on blogs. Flows freely everywhere these days it seems. I’d rather save the cursing for when I’m really angry, but that’s just me. Good post!

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  20. Love it.
    Here in Ireland we have the word 'feck'
    which is considered harmless but feels quite ef'feck'tive :)

    auntyamo
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Comments are good - I admit, sometimes I don't respond back, in time for a dialog. I bad! I will TRY and do better. Thanks for understanding.

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