Word Police

On March 18, 2013, in Biracial, by Honeysmoke

The other day I called someone or something stupid. The word slipped out of my mouth and I was on to the next sentence when the Word Police sounded the alarm. “You said the s-word,” Simone and Nadia said in unison. My girls tend to think that if they can’t say something that means we can’t either. I hadn’t gotten that memo.

I grew up in R-rated home. My grandmother cursed on a daily basis, and my mother followed her lead. I didn’t dare interrupt my parents. I also didn’t let on I was listening all that closely to what they were saying in the front seat.  Sure, there were words I couldn’t use. Liar, dumb, stupid, just to name a few. But my elders? They could say anything they wanted.

I guess if teachers and parents are going to edit words, then said teachers and parents shouldn’t use them either. I hadn’t given it much thought until the Word Police charged me with a language crime.

Have you banned any words in your home? What words were you banned from saying when you were a kid?

  • http://twitter.com/ovuline ovuline

    The example we set is our most powerful teaching tool. It is what we do more so than what we tell our children to do that shapes their behavior. I think many of us don’t realize just how influential our actions AND words are.