Elijah once pointedhow humorous it is that I use that phrase so much and wanted to know why I do. It's another something I picked up from Dad. Instead of using a curse word, I'll use that phrase. No clue where Dad got it from, but it stuck with me and I've been using it for years.
I was recently reminded of this again when I came across a friend's comment regarding her son. The Cliff Note's version was she allowed him to use "ass" as long as he was quoting her. I'm from the old school of "Do as I say, not as I do". Even if I let that word slip out around the young'ns they know full well it is NOT free reign for them to repeat it. Don't matter if they are quoting me or not. I'm from that same school that dictates kids don't curse in front of their parents. Period. Heck, I'm grown and I STILL won't curse in front of my parents. And yes, in my book "ass" is a curse word.
My shorties know there are certain words I don't allow in my presence. It was the way I was brought up so it's the way they will be/were brought up. The powers-that-be may have prevented the belt with the formation of DPS (and created a generation of juvenile delinquents in the process), but the old-fashioned vocabulary Code of Ethics remains. It's a respect thang.
Anyway, as I got children of my own, I started watching my language even more. Here are some of the "colorful metaphors" that I don't allow and their permissable substitutes:
Oh my God = Oh my
No using the Lord's name in vain. Some may not think that that phrase actually is doing that, but I was raised that it is and that's how I teach it as well.
MAN!/ Or MAYBE, depending on my mood, "dangit"
"Dang" still sounds too much like it's curse equivalent. They're best just to stay away from that one altogether
Sh*t = Shoot
And no, I don't accept "crap" as a substitute for that word. It's just as bad and just as ugly in my book.
Telling stories / Storyteller
Lie is just an ugly word all around. Honestly, I never really did understand why we weren't allowed to use this word growing up. My folks probably told us why and had a pretty legitimate reason, but I have since forgotten what it was
Fart = Poot /
pass gas / break wind
Speaking of ugly words. Not that it's a curse word although it could almost pass as one. It's not allowed on network television. This one is one of the rare ones that I still don't use. Some of the other banned words on this list (with the exception of the Lord's name) may slip out from time to time among the company of adults yet this one never does.
The "F" bomb
There really is no substitute for this one. We never even tried "friggin'" or "freakin'" when I was coming up. Still too close to the real thing.
There's an old saying that there is power in words. I guess if you take that into consideration then by taking away the negativity that some words have and not allowing them to be said, you are stripping them of their power. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.