Monday, June 4, 2007

Mild Epithets

I'm very careful about my cursing, and try not to do it very often. True, it happens on occasion, and I'll tell you that my favorite one starts with an F. It's just so satisfying. That "fffff" beginning, the hard "u" and then the explosive "ck." But anyhow...

I'm careful because A) Cursing is really not an attractive trait and B) I have little ears listening.

I learned this long ago, when my daughter was about 18 months. Despite my vigilance, suddenly I heard my daughter saying "Shit." How could this be? I soon realized that it was simply because she didn't enunciate as well as I did. I said "shoot" an awful lot, and she was just pronouncing those "oo"s as "i." At any rate, I thought that cursing was a particularly unattractive trait for an 18 month old, and set out to put a stop to it. I basically ignored it when she did it, and tried to remove "shoot" from my vocabulary. I tried to replace it with things that could not be misspoken in an unattractive manner. So I spent a lot of time saying things like "golly" or "leaping lizards" or "gadzooks" It took a while to find the things that suit me.

My daughter is now 4 1/2 years old. Today I heard her say "Holy Canolli!" My husband laughed heartily. I did, too.


Aliza said...

hi, i got your msg. sorry for stealing your blog title... yours sounds like a good endeavor. to comment, i have friends who've gotten in trouble posting too much job-related stuff on their blogs, so be careful. for kids, i think people often use the first initial.

also, i have a 2 and 1/2 yr old niece who temporarily had a bad habit of saying "what the hell are you doing?" sister put that to a stop quickly.

Beck said...

My oldest daughter says "STINK!" when she's upset, which is pretty funny.
About the Oprah thing - I don't think it was other people's laundry, really, but yes, her strong reaction to that would certainly have made more sense in that context!