My mama used to tell me that people who cursed lacked the intelligence necessary to use their imagination in order to accurately describe the emotions and feelings they were experiencing. And I had the audacity to believe her for the first 27 years of my life.

Of course, I came to my senses when I had kids. Have you ever changed a poopy diaper at 2 am with your breastage still hanging out from your newborn’s nursing session(who’s looking at that hour?) only to realize that she hadn’t actually finished “the job” yet and you are going to have to repeat the process again in 5 minutes? Then you know what I’m talking about.

And the term “cursing” took on a whole new meaning for me. Oh, I’ve never been one to use the really terrible words, but I like made-up words like “flitter” and “shoot-donkey” and if I’m feeling really vulgar, I’ll let “crap” fly in a variety of ways (“crap-ola” and “crap on a log”, for instance).

I’ve never really thought too much about because for the last 11 years, it’s just become part of my daily lexicon and besides, people have always known me for my crazy, made up words. They’ve even laughed at them. At least, I think that’s what they were laughing at.

However, today I heard “crap” fly out of my three year old’s mouth…and may I say that it just doesn’t have quiiiiiite the ring to it when it’s coming from her (until now) uncorrupted and undefiled little mouth?

In fact, I think it might have made me just a tad bit peaked. (Y’all – Webster’s reads that word as “ˈpÄ“-kÉ™d”, just so ya know). Yes, I was so ill, I had to use two syllables to describe it.

So I’m re-evaluating here and I need some thoughts. Is “crap” a bad word in your house? {Or do you do the double-standard and say do as we say, not as we do?}

Personally? I just have a hard time giving that word up, but I don’t know if I’m ready for my toddler be following so closely in my footsteps. I mean, “crap”, I had to wait 27 years before I earned the right to say it. “Crap”. There. Maybe if I say it enough, I’ll get it out of my system.

{oh, and I do so apologize if crap is a bad word in your home…that means that the seven eight nine times I said “crap” that I offended your delicate sensibilities and I do apologize.}

Heretofore, I promise to try very diligently to refrain from using terminology on my blog that would cause you to repudiate yourself from reading my trenchant opinions.

Oh, who am I kidding? That’s my mama talking. I’ll just try really hard not to say “crap” anymore, okay?


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9 Comments on I’m just tellin’ it like it is…

  1. Jeni
    May 17, 2008 at 4:56 am (15 years ago)

    It’s funny you posted on this specific word, because I’ve been working on getting it out of my vocabulary. My daughter is almost 20 months, and she’s really starting to pick up new words here & there – I don’t want “Crap” to be one of them!

    I’ll still use “shoot” and “darn” but “crap” has just got to go. It’s not a very nice thing for a lady after God’s heart to be saying, anyway. But there are those days…

  2. Elle
    May 17, 2008 at 7:32 am (15 years ago)

    It is not a nice word in our house, altho’ if Husband is in a “pique” the word has been heard. B/c we do not want to live the “do as we say, not as we do” hypocrisy, both of us have tried to use the made up words or the fullness of our imaginations to express frustration. The fact that we fail and then must apologize to our sons speaks to all of us–louder than any words we would use.

    Just discovered your blog and enjoying myself. Thanks.

  3. elaine@bloginmyeye
    May 17, 2008 at 10:05 am (15 years ago)

    IMHO, the “Do as I say, not as I do” philosophy is a bunch of cr@p (i.e., it is not ultimately effective).

  4. Andrea
    May 17, 2008 at 11:07 am (15 years ago)

    I had to delete my comment, not because of the advice, but I just didn’t want to offend anyone by my example words. The jest of it was that while VERY mild “curse” words are used we don’t let our son say them. He has to wait until he is older to make that choice.

  5. CityStreams
    May 17, 2008 at 7:14 pm (15 years ago)

    I’ve had an incredibly stressful week, and the words have been rolling off of my tongue. Makes me feel like crap, just thinking about it. Especially since I’m usually the one giving the guilt trip to Hubby. We’re all human, and our kids are going to figure it out one way or another. But it’s not fun to have to admit it!

  6. Mzzterry
    May 17, 2008 at 7:29 pm (15 years ago)

    I say it, but not in public. I guess that makes it a bad word huh?!

  7. Flea
    May 17, 2008 at 9:45 pm (15 years ago)

    I guess you haven’t heard my crap story, huh? I’ve used the word since high school, but we didn’t allow the kids to use it. I caught my boy telling a joke with it one day and asked him what it meant (he didn’t know I’d heard him). He didn’t know. My daughter said, “Junk mail?” Busted.

    Now we all say crap since I wasn’t going to stop. I see it as the equivalent of saying Oh Poo. But I often say crapzilla.

    I have trained even the Hunny to say things like Sugar! And Stink!

  8. My Twenty Cents Keeps Moving
    May 18, 2008 at 12:13 pm (15 years ago)

    My husband says “carp” instead of “crap” and now my 13 year old says it. Better than crap, I guess.


  9. midlife mommy
    May 19, 2008 at 9:17 pm (15 years ago)

    I’m very impressed with your self-control, and very ashamed of my lack thereof. I still struggle not to say the “f” word in front of my three year old.

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