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Monday, May 17, 2010

Minding My Ps & Qs

I can swear like a sailor and I know that it is an ugly trait.

For me, cursing has become somewhat of a habit, whether it's out of anger, frustration or to emphasize a point, sometimes there is just no substitute for a "hell", "shit" or "damn" (or worse).

And the worst part is that I am so used to using these four letter expletives that I don't even notice it anymore. Yikes! Well, I suppose the first step is admitting that I have a problem, right?

I have tried (half-heatedly) to temper my use of profanity since becoming a mother, but it isn't easy and replacement words like "frick" and "darn" just sound ridiculous and aren't quite as powerful.

I know it won't be long before you are repeating everything you hear and that's not going to be pretty. Maybe I should remind myself how awful I am going to feel if I hear this nasty talk coming out of your mouth knowing that you learned it from me, or I could put a dollar in a jar each time a bad word escapes my mouth? Bet that adds up fast! Perhaps learning how to express myself in a more productive and positive manner is the answer. Oh hell, wish me luck!

The best is yet to be.

Day 83/100

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Blogger Natalie said...

Damn it, woman good luck...you'll need it! I tried to quit cussing and it didn't work. And remember my post about Tater cussing like a trucker? It's getting worse! It's cute when they say it the first time, but not the 100th time :)

May 17, 2010 at 6:31 AM  
Blogger liz said...

One of the signs you are a parent - you start to spell words around your kids! You're right around the corner from that. Ha, ha!

I always say things like God Bless America!

May 17, 2010 at 7:21 AM  
Blogger Sophie Eschenlohr said...

You heard me during your visit here! So you know how badly I can speak!!!! However, the good point is that I usually swear in English and the kids don't get the meaning or don't repeat... well for the time-being, that is...
I do say a couple of bad words in French and the girls have repeated them (Luc's as faulty as me!!!).
Nathalie is right! The first time you laugh (I suppose, nervously!), but after a few times, it gets really embarassing! What if they say the words in class or at a friend's house... And I can just hear them say, well Mum says that all the time when she's driving... ; )
There's no such word as "P...." in French. It's like punctuation to me! The translation isn't pretty though! If I put a dollar in a jar everythime I have said that word, I'd be driving a Porch Cayenne by now ; ) ; ) ; )
How can you control what's coming out of your mouth when you bash your little toe on the corner of a table or when you burn your fingers when grabbing something out of the oven? I know, one has to be careful in front of kids, but a good F... sounds so much better to a Fiddlesticks.. Who says fiddlesticks anyways?
xoxox
Lucas, don't take what I'm writing as an example!

May 17, 2010 at 1:53 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

Hmm, never thought that this would be something we would have to worry but I guess it really is.. I don't swear too much.. Ok except for shit. I say that a lot! Guess I'll just have to start spelling it out when I'm around Lucas, S-H-I-T! : )

May 18, 2010 at 9:31 AM  

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