PROFANITY: an utterance of profane language
Warning: please stop reading if you are offended by liberals or non-smokers.
I’ve had a couple run-ins with the concept of “bad words” lately…
Bad Word Episode I
Recently, I was watching a link a friend posted on facebook with the Raging Grannies singing a song about Todd Akin’s “legitimate rape” comments. Since then, it has become difficult to find a link to the video, but you can read the lyrics here. I thought it was funny and wanted to show it the video to Husband. So, I called Husband into the living room to show him the video on our laptop. But, little ears can discern screen time from great distances and Son and Daughter came running in. The problem is that the song ends with the “F” word. I shut the computer abruptly part way through the song. Son asked why and I explained that the singing grandmas were going to use a bad word that I didn’t want him to hear. Son kept asking what the bad word was and we kept refusing to say. Finally, Husband gave in and said “Mitt Romney.” Son went around the house chanting “Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney…” Thank goodness we didn’t share the real word, right?
Fast-forward a couple weeks to me sitting in a coffee shop with Daughter on one of our special Mommy/Daughter outings. She is eavesdropping on the table next to us, where a political discussion is happening. She announces loudly, “Mom! They said a bad word! They said Mitt Romney!”
Oh, the looks! Some amused. Some less so.
Why isn’t Husband ever around to clean up the messes he makes?
Bad Word Episode II
As I was supervising yesterday’s playdate, I heard the following exchange:
Q: I know bad words. I know the “F” word, the “SH” word, the “C” word and the “D” word.
Son: Well, I know the “S” word.
Q: Which one is that?
Son: It’s really bad.
Q: What is it?
Son: [voice lowered] Cigarettes.
I’ll be sad when this innocence fades. It might fade as the result of a kid at school but more likely it will be the result of me driving in traffic. But, for now we’ll let Son and Daughter go on believing Mitt Romney and Cigarettes are the bad words everyone is making a fuss about.