As parents we have choice words which we use in place of swear words when around children. Fudge, Fiddlesticks, baskets, britches and many more, I am sure, you have either heard as a parent, or used yourself in time. There as supposedly seven “bad” words in the English language which are classed as swear words and should only be broadcast after the 9pm watershed on TV. If a child was to utter one of these seven words at school or in front of adults, gasps of shock and disgust would be heard everywhere. Even I was called to the head teachers office aged 5 because I was swearing in class, when in fact I had called someone a Bizzum, a Scottish word for broom. My parents, and Granny Chris, thought this was great and decided to send me in to school each week with a new Scottish word to see if the teachers took offence to it. (When the local dialect words did not work, they moved on to teaching me rude jokes.)
But who was it that said that these words were actually “bad”? In a parallel universe the word Shoe could have the same meaning as S**t – we could have actually been getting it wrong all these years! “I could not actually give a shoe” can sound just as bad in the right circumstances.
What I have noticed with Nathan is that although he understands swearing and knows what these supposed “bad” words are, what I find fascinating is that he understands the context in which swear words should be used, and is making up his own versions of swear words to use in their place. For example, Nathan is playing Minecraft, as he normally does, and is killed by a creeper. “Oh, chicken nuggets!!!” is shouted at the TV.
Which has left me thinking – can any word be classed as a swear word or a bad word if it has the force and context behind it? Have your children taken to baby swearing and using their own words in place of expletives? What are your favourite curse words?