As I get older, I’ve noticed that my language has been getting worse. I’m not sure if I’ve been listening to too many Jack Palms audiobooks by Seth Harwood, or if I’m just getting too lazy in my “old age” to find something more creative or descriptive.
I’m also not afraid to admit that there is something very satisfying about dropping the F-bomb.
Of course my children still consider the S word (stupid) and D word (dumb) to be verboten so you can imagine their reaction when mommy accidentally throws out a string of expletives that would make Tony Soprano blush.
I know I should stop swearing and have considered some of the ideas I’ve found online including using a swear jar to collect money each time I curse (there are several available on Etsy including this one from EngravingByT), or replacing curse words with alternatives.
I’m just not sure “Really?” is going to be quite as satisfactory a response as “You’ve got to be sh***ing me!”
One of my colleagues at work has a strategy of replacing curse words with equally satisfying replacement words. For example, someone I may describe as an “a-hole” is a “jack wagon.” A camper I used to know would call people “Humperdincks” instead of something more explicit.
It’s certainly not very professional for me to have such a potty mouth, so I’m going to do my best to clean things up.
What words do you use to avoid potty mouth?