Words your parents banned

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    Jan 25, 2011 6:01 PM GMT
    Inspired by ShinyToyTrev's thread, I wondered what words you (if you have kids) or your parents forbade in your house.

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    Jan 25, 2011 6:06 PM GMT
    My kids were not to use the word "stupid" to describe anyone.

    We insisted that an ACTION could be "stupid", but the person doing it was not.


    So when someone referred to "the S-word" - my kids looke up innocently and said "you mean "stupid"?

    Everyone laughed. My wife said, "no they mean "shit dear. That is also not a good word to use in polite company."

    Then THEY laughed.
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    Jan 25, 2011 6:47 PM GMT
    I couldn't say sucks until 14.

    I still can't swear in front of them without them thinking I'm being disrespectful, even if it's not towards them.
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    Jan 25, 2011 8:47 PM GMT
    No coarse language of any kind, which my parents themselves didn't use. Nor any racial slurs, which likewise were never spoken at home. I'm not sure I was ever explicitly told not to use certain words, but somehow I knew. Except for one time --

    Story: we were coming back from a few weeks on Cape Cod the summer of 1966, when I had turned 17 and had just gotten my driver's license in our home State of New Jersey. As we got onto the Connecticut Turnpike my father pulled into a plaza for gas, and shocked me by saying I could drive the car myself.

    It was a damn Chrysler Imperial, a huge boat of a car, the biggest there was on the road in those days, that I had never driven before. But he apparently thought the open turnpike was a good way for me to learn, even if the speed limit was 65 mph.

    So off we go, my father sitting up front with me, my mother & sister in the cavernous back seat. Everything's going fine, until we came to the second set of toll booths and I started to slow down. Suddenly the brakes started scraping loudly. In those days drum brakes didn't last more than about 25,000 miles, and there were no audible wear indicators. When the brakes went, they went, all at once and without warning, and this car was 2 years old.

    I knew what was happening, but I didn't know what to do about it. In my near panic I started swearing, something I rarely did, and certainly not in front of my family. Not really bad, but a lot of "goddams" and "hells" but no "F" bombs.

    Nevertheless, as we exited the toll plaza, I realized the car had suddenly become totally silent. My mother & sister were no longer chatting in the back seat, and my father wasn't speaking, either. I could see my mother's shocked look in the rearview mirror. Nobody said another word for nearly an hour, the inside of that car as silent as a tomb.

    When we got home (and my father took the wheel again when we got off the turnpike), he took me aside, and told me to NEVER use that kind of language in front of my mother & sister again. And I never did. To this day I very rarely use vulgar language, even after 25 years in the US Army, when I didn't use it either, something of an exception.

    It wasn't how I was raised, and frankly I consider recourse to such curse words a weakness. And words of a negative racial or ethnic nature totally unacceptable. They weren't spoken in my home in the 1950s, and I see no reason to use them today. And except for that one time on the road, I never had to be told what words were banned -- I just knew.
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    Jan 25, 2011 9:08 PM GMT
    The N word. When my folks heard somebody else say it they told me very strongly I would get my mouth washed out with soap if they ever heard it from me. That happened once with another word ( I don't remember what) so I knew they meant it!
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:08 AM GMT
    Pinche puto cabron....
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    never had a word ban...heck, my mom curses like an Indian sailor....i get my inspiration from her yet fall short of her vulgar brilliance...oh woe...woe is me!!!!
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:13 AM GMT
    stuff in Spanish
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:28 AM GMT
    We weren't allowed to say any bad words including "bloody". Parents being brits considered it a swear word by kids.
    Naturally as little kids we'd bring home "new" words we had heard like nigger not really grasping what it meant. We were told what they meant and that it was absolutely unnacceptable.
    Later on Dad on the side away from mom warned me that if I ever swore in front of my mother there would be consequences. Well one day when I was about 16 a swear word popped out in front of mom and dad, not to them.. just in something being said.. I've never seen my enraged dad jump out of his chair so fast towards me, nor me move so fast out of the front door and across the road with him after me.
    It's not even that my dad didn't swear himself,, he did, but I never heard him swear in front of her either. My mom now 86.. I have never to this day ever heard her utter a profanity in all my life, nor have my sisters, my aunts, anyone.
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:34 AM GMT
    my mommy is casually profane when we are in out home icon_smile.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 2:43 AM GMT
    UpperCanadian saidMy kids were not to use the word "stupid" to describe anyone.

    We insisted that an ACTION could be "stupid", but the person doing it was not.


    So when someone referred to "the S-word" - my kids looke up innocently and said "you mean "stupid"?

    Everyone laughed. My wife said, "no they mean "shit dear. That is also not a good word to use in polite company."

    Then THEY laughed.


    Like UpperCanadian, 'bad words' were more overlooked when referring to an action or situation, but never referring to a person. We could say things like "Boy, Family Ties sucks", but not "he sucks" or "you suck". For our family, it was all about respect, and knowing that a situation could be worthy of a swear, but not a personal attack on a person. To this day, I think that still holds true for me.

    Other than that, as long as the discussion was rational and respectful, words were always allowed. In fact, I vividly remember dinner conversations about abortion or the word nigger, and other contentious topics. (and you'll notice I don't use "the N word", in this context). Words are not evil; however intent, usage, and context can be.

    We were almost never told "gasp, never use that word!!!"... rather, we were told how and when to use words respectfully, and why certain words were considered bad, and the context in which they are used to create 'bad'.

    So, as a result, there really were no forbidden words. The greatest day was when my Dad found the work fuck in our dictionary.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:12 AM GMT
    puta
    pinga
    maricon

    specially if I use em all in the same sentence like:

    NO SEAS PUTA SO MARICON CHUPA PINGA(said with Pitbull's Cuban accent)
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:14 AM GMT
    Gay
    I am Gay
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:18 AM GMT
    jprichva saidRepublican.

    LOL! Yeah, a pretty foul word around here, even among our adult friends. And certainly nothing innocent children should hear, much less speak.
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    Feb 03, 2011 3:20 AM GMT
    jprichva saidRepublican.


    win
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:14 AM GMT
    I learned quickly one day what word not to say, when I called my younger brother a bastard in front of my mother. She was so fast with the back hand, that I don't think I even had the word completely said and my upper lip was already swelling. LOL

    While raising my kids they had strict orders not to use the f word. they were pretty good about leaving it out of our conversations, as were their friends.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    My parents did not really care what I said after I was like 13. I can now and have been able for years to say what ever I want. There is nothing wrong with adding a few sentence enhancers into your sentences for emphasis.

    "That girl in the Acura is an idiot"
    is not as effective as
    "That fucking bitch in the Acura is a fucking idiot"

    I rest my case...
  • LuckyGuyKC

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    Feb 03, 2011 4:27 AM GMT
    When I am being silly with my kids we use potty words outside of the bathroom. "he he he Daddy said Doody" :-)

    When I was a child I like to say Shit for a very short time as people still believed in corporal punishment way back then.
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:29 AM GMT
    jprichva saidRepublican.


    another one just took office

    or

    congrats were a red state now "_______" rule
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    Feb 03, 2011 4:30 AM GMT
    If it was considered a "cuss word", it was banned.
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    Feb 03, 2011 10:49 AM GMT
    charlitos saidputa
    pinga
    maricon

    specially if I use em all in the same sentence like:

    NO SEAS PUTA SO MARICON CHUPA PINGA(said with Pitbull's Cuban accent)
    I don't know much Spanish, but we use that phrase at work all the time. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 10:52 AM GMT
    Cursing used to be banned in my parent's household, till I finally got fed up with having to hide my "filthy mouth" and told mom I like to fucking cuss, it's common everyfuckingday language for me, and that pretending I don't cuss is fucking stupid.
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    Feb 03, 2011 11:48 AM GMT
    PRINCETONY saidPAUL u have downs syndrum because you look like it, its not an insult tho LMFAO I have a distent cousin who's downs too
    I guess you like DS people then, because you hotlisted me 80 times. icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 03, 2011 11:49 AM GMT
    My mom never officially banned anything. But she MADE me go to synagogue at least THREE times a week until I was in 10th grade. I don't remember much except a LOT of Hebrew, cream cheese, and tons of bagels. mmmmmm fuck I want food now.
  • jlly_rnchr

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    Feb 03, 2011 12:52 PM GMT
    The one thing that really got under my mom's skin was "Shut up!". That was the big no-no when I was young.