As an adult, it isn't a word I use. I flinch when I read it or hear others use it. It just sounds so... yucky! Leaves a bad taste in my mouth, hurts my ears. But I wasn't always this way. Let's go back to the the 1980's... ah, good times...
When I was a kid, my dad was always building stuff for us in our backyard. We had a playhouse, monkey bars, a tether ball pole (remember those?), a slide, and some other stuff too. Among all these great play things, my dad built us "the tower." I swear it should have been illegal! It seemed like it was 50 feet tall... more like 20 really. But from the top we could see the whole block. Including every one's back yards. My little sister and I spent much time on the top of that tower peeping on the neighbors -- good memories.
One day, we had a bunch of our friends over to play in our really cool backyard. I got on top of the tower and for some reason I can't remember, I started calling everyone the F-word. My dear, sweet sister did what any younger sibling would do: she ran in and told my dad. Next thing I know, I am dragged off the tower and into the kitchen. Those were the days of mouth washing... and boy did I get mine! I promised I would never use that bad word again! Promise!
Fast forward a few weeks. Mom wouldn't give me some chocolate, and I told her she was a Mother Bleep. Oh, dear. Needless to say, I was reunited with my old friend Mr. Ivory Soap.
A few months later. I saw a sign while I was shopping with my mom that said, "Get Funky." Now I was still learning to read, and that word to a pre-reader could be a little tricky. Just like saying, "Fork" is to a two year old. I said, "Look Mom it says, "Get Bleep!"
Mom: What did you say?!
Me: Get Bleep!
Mom: WHAT DID YOU SAY?!
This time I got wise...
Me: Get Fuzzy?
Mom: That's what I thought...
My narrow escape. I wonder how my kids will learn it's a bad word. I think Sam will bring it home from school. And Nephi will of course be my little informer. I can hardly wait!
How did you learn it was bad? Or have your kids come home saying it? What did you do?