As part of a personally prescribed therapy I began cursing without reserve two years ago.
The other day Honey Bear chuckled after I let loose a rhythmic stream of profanities. I asked him what was so funny.
“If I had a clicker to count how many times you cursed – my hand would get a workout.”
I gave him a wry look out of the corner of my eye.
“From the girl who never cursed in her life to a girl who curses worse than a sailor – it’s frickin entertaining!”
From his point of view I was a goody two-shoes.
From my perspective, I had never felt the need to curse. I had learned to refrain from using language I felt at the time was inappropriate and possibly offensive. But that didn’t mean I never cursed.
Which is exactly why it became my sanity’s saving grace. Cursing became my drug to get through anything.
Except I abused my prescription. I felt my mind begin to draw a blank when looking for other words. I found a longing for something I lost. I also felt I couldn’t stop swearing. They slipped out with a mind of their own.
Neko offered Madagascar’s covertly hidden Sugar Honey Iced Tea as an option, but I couldn’t quite say it the same way. So I came up with a slight deviation that we are now fond of!
Sweet Honey Iced Tea
and it rolls off the tongue beautifully!
Now I couldn’t help but wonder if I was knee-deep in something that was inevitably bad for me. As if an answer made just for me, Melissa Mohr’s video about the history of swearing appeared in my feed. Follow by this awesome review by Smart Bitches Trashy Books.
I wanted to know more so I added Holy Sh*t: A Brief History of Swearing to my Amazon cart. I still hesitated over Unicorns are Jerks and The Sweary Colouring Book on Kickstart, but I’m not there yet. What I really want is Melissa Mohr’s book rendered as a coloring book. In my quest for truth and knowledge I enjoyed Gordon Ramsey’s strategy with offering his own kids an alternative. For my minions we encourage them to use chicken nuggets and flipping pancakes profanely.
Eventually I concluded with Cursing is good for you. I am now 100% confident that swearing is an essential, if not vital part of being a human being. The problem is I feel like my vocabulary has deteriorated because I don’t use it as often… especially when a comforting curse word is readily available.
It really is a pity that there are so many words being neglected. (Luckily according to Lingholic.com we only need to understand 3,000 words to be functioning members of society.)
Words are thoughts waiting to be expressed. They help us name things that have power over us. They give us strength and means to understand the world around us. I feel learning new words is the first step in developing and sustaining critical thinking skills. It simply makes sense to me that as I expose my kids to new words, I should continue to do the same for me.
Which is why I am challenging myself to find and practice using 3 words each week.
- One of those words will be from an SAT study book, in particular Vocabulary Cartoons.
- One of those words will be something forgotten but should make a come back – according to The Phrontistery
- One of those words will be from Dictionary.reference.com‘s Word of the Day app.
I invite you to join me or share the interesting words you use. To help retain the word I might sketch it. I may write a short story to share with you. Or I could slip it into a blog post and see if you notice! At the end of the week I’ll show you mine and you show me yours! Once a month I’ll make a word search puzzle to share with you and we’ll see how many you recognize.
So to start the week off right, here are this week’s words;
Abhor (v.) to hate very much, to detest utterly
Acrasial (adj.) ill-regulated; ill-tempered
Ludic (adj.) spontaneous play, playful in an aimless way
Still not sure if learning new words can help you? Read Litemind’s Top 3 reasons to Improve your Vocabulary.
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