08 June 2011 @ 09:48 am
I seriously have nothing better to ponder about today.  
Am I the only one who was really disappointed as a kid when I learned the actual swear words? What with all the secrecy from the parents and malicious superior glee from the older kids I expected them to be something that sounded like R'lyehian and physically paralyzed people where they stood.

Instead I got a handful of four letter words that just sounded silly and fun to say. Major letdown.
 
 
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ext_203890[identity profile] gloaming.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2011 04:53 pm (UTC)
I heard them used rather often, so no disappointment or amazement from me. I was, however, pleased when I was able to say them with less reprimand once I was older. :|b
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[identity profile] mirthalia.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2011 05:01 pm (UTC)
If I recall correctly, I learned them sometime between third and sixth grade. That was a bit of a surprise for my parents.
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ext_203890: LOUD NOISES[identity profile] gloaming.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I can't remember when I first heard any, maybe around the same time as you. I never used them, though, until I was much older. The first time I had ever swore -- I used the word "bastard" -- you can bet my mom wasn't pleased. I only started using them when I was in high school, and even then, I rarely used swear words in public. To this day, my family still reprimands me when I curse.
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[identity profile] mirthalia.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2011 06:03 pm (UTC)
My dad's still a bit of a stickler if he thinks we're being loud or unnecessary, but mom could care less.

One thing I do recall, though, is messing around on our old laptop when I was maybe twelve and finding a letter my mom had written to the principal of my new school in back in grade three, stating that I'd come home asking her what "chink" and "lesbian" meant, and when she asked me why I was asking, I'd replied that kids at school were calling me them.

I hadn't remembered the original incident at all, but it didn't really surprise me. Not my favourite school, that one.
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[identity profile] ipsius.livejournal.com on June 8th, 2011 11:41 pm (UTC)
I don't think I was very aware of the existence of swear words when I was in grade school. I don't think I knew that there were a bunch of Really Bad Words that kids couldn't say, so there was no expectation.

I do remember that somehow I picked up stuff like "darn" and "drat," and at one point, all the boys liked to call each other "mofos" (lololololol), but they wouldn't explain what it meant when I asked. And another time in second grade, two girls were arguing, and one ran to the teacher and accused the other girl of pressed her middle finger to her forehead. I heard that I was just confused. I kept on trying to ask the teacher why pressing fingers on people's foreheads was bad, but she wouldn't tell me. >_____>

tl;dr I WAS A VERY SHELTERED CHILD.
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