Thursday, 3 July 2008

Washing mouths out

The linguistic development of my littlest continues apace. Tonight, as I stole a potato from his dinner plate, he pointed his left index finger at me, scowled and shouted “Now Daddy, Bugger Off!”

Despite the shock, I had to hide my face behind my hands as I couldn’t help but laugh. Perhaps my heaving shoulders belied another emotion, because Dom then said “I’m sorry Daddy, don’t cry, I won’t say it again.”

Job done.

I’m not sure where he got it from, but something about his delivery reminded me of a certain grandparent, who shall remain nameless…

We’re pretty good at not cussing in front of the little ones, ever since Meg, perhaps a bit younger than Dom is now, muttered “Oh, for fuck sake” under her breath after she dropped her baby doll.

8 comments:

Holly said...

In Nova Scotia, the training is centered on "people not to swear around," rather than "don't swear." I appreciate that logic.

jamon said...

I like that logic too. Pragmatic, not dogmatic.

And I do like to swear in the right company ;)

metalkpretty said...

oh I am a salty sailor with a vocabulary to match! It's me that has to shut my yap, not the husband! The cuss words roll effortlessly off my tongue.

it's so hard not to laugh....

The Grocer said...

I think it's especially funny when they grasp not only the word but the placement of it in the exact context it is meant to be used. Of course we continue to outwardly frown upon it too.

Jojo Chintoh said...

I think that's entirely the correct response to potato theft, myself...

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