Words revisited from 2010

Tawn Krakowski

It has been said that a cargo pilot is akin to a truck driver in the sky.  And as a former cargo pilot with an extensive vocabulary of expletives capable of bringing a rosy blush to the cheeks of even the most grizzled of ancient mariners, I am wholly resigned to the undeniable fact that there will be a day one of my children is sent home from school for using a “bad” word.  I will then be, in turn, forced to defend my personal philosophy on “bad” words to school officials.   That should be about as much fun as a root canal.

While I do believe words are powerful and can be used with the precision of a skilled surgeon’s scalpel or the blunt force of a neanderthal’s cudgel, the real power comes from the intent behind the words.  Calling me a “bitch” after I steal the parking spot…

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5 thoughts on “Words revisited from 2010”

  1. I’m really curious to hear everyone’s thoughts on this old post. Obviously, there are circumstances and locations where certain words are inappropriate – school being one of the higher places on the list. Please let me know what you think. 🙂

  2. The grade-school rhyme aside, words can hurt. I don’t know of any sane person that wants to be demeaned by anyone, let alone by some partisan mouthpiece on national radio or television. I don’t deny that Rush Limbaugh uttered a hurtful word. I never denied that. My issue was with the media’s faux outrage that didn’t exist in other circumstances.

    In general terms, bad words are fine so long as they’re being used among adults and not directed at other people with, as you suggest, the intent to hurt.

    As for your child being sent home from school, it’s possible. I was sent home once for telling a little joke. I was in 5th grade and the teacher asked us what special names are we called by our parents. Thinking of nothing else, I muttered, “My daddy likes to say, ‘You little sonuvab*tch!'”

    True story.

    1. Rush Limbaugh did much more than utter a hurtful word. He attacked that woman for days. However, this is not what my post is about. In my opinion, words can only hurt you if you let them. Just like you can’t change anyone else, only how you respond to them.

      And what constitutes a “bad” word? My son came home the other day and asked me if “stupid” is a bad word. My response? I depends on how it’s used and the intent behind it. The word itself only has the meaning we attach to it.

      As for your 5th grade escapades, perhaps your teacher should have spoken with your father instead! 😉

      Thanks for “liking!”

      1. I mentioned Limbaugh because this was the link you left on my blog. I was curious as to why you left it unless you were trying to explain your thoughts on hurtful words generally.

        You don’t let your son listen to Rush Limbaugh, do ya? 🙂

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