I hear “fu-h-dge” from my kids at least twice a day.  I even find myself using it when I’m slipping.  I’ve also picked up the pharse “Shi-t-ake,” as in mushrooms, from them.

Too close to the real thing?  I always try to remember that whatever I say (in anger or frustration) will eventually come out of my kid’s mouth.  Now, I find myself uttering these kid-friendly versions of profanity.  I think that’s why I dislike those stupid “shut the front door” commercials so much.

In our profanity-laced pop culture, I don’t imagine “darn” or “shucks” will make a resurgence anytime soon.  Gosh darn-it all…

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