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Conversation in the car this morning:

Edgar: K (babysitter's 19 yo daughter) said fucking on the phone.
Me: o_0
E: Fucking is a bad word.
M: That's not really a word for kids to say.
E: But K said fucking. Why can't kids say fucking?
M: Well, nobody should really say it. It's not a nice word to say.
E: But K said fucking on the phone. Fucking is a bad word. Why did K say fucking?
M: [silently] OMG! Stop saying it already! Aaaaagh! Must not laugh hysterically!
M: [has to wait a moment to compose herself] I don't know sweetie. Let's not say it anymore.
E: Look! A schoolbus!

on 2011-02-19 01:31 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Is said babysitter from another country by any chance?

on 2011-02-19 02:00 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
She is, in fact, though not from somewhere I associate with using that word a lot. ;)

on 2011-02-19 02:12 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
So I'm guessing it's not news to you that it's a frequent anecdote outside the US, how it surprises us how sensitive y'all are to swearing. Well, I mean I don't know how widespread it is, but I've heard the tale told by Brits, New Zealanders, Brazilians and Swedes that I can remember... This is of course not to say 'When in Rome...', just that not everyone necessarily realises what they should do in Rome.

on 2011-02-19 03:43 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Yeah, it doesn't generally bother me at all. Coming from a four year old, however, I prefer not to hear it. Though that's actually more about how my parenting will be perceived if my four year old walks around saying fucking. She certainly hears her parents swearing, though we don't generally say fuck around her.

on 2011-02-19 12:25 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I misunderstood and thought your babysitter had said fucking around yourselves! I didn't realise she's said around to the weens too, although that follows.

on 2011-02-19 06:42 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
To be fair, it was babysitter's daughter, not babysitter herself. I very much doubt babysitter would swear in front of the kids or even us. She's very proper.

on 2011-02-19 02:42 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I read this post to Graham, saying "I'm in so much trouble when we have kids."

on 2011-02-19 03:44 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Bob's first word was ass.

(of course she was trying to say ice, but it came out as ass.)

on 2011-02-19 05:54 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
My cousin's first word was "shit", and she wasn't trying to say something else. :)

on 2011-02-19 05:55 am (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
LOL at that story, esp. its ending! ^.^

on 2011-02-19 05:36 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
I so totally expected that last line to say "A fucking schoolbus!" ROTFL

on 2011-02-19 06:45 pm (UTC)
Posted by [identity profile]
Now that would not have been able to stop myself from laughing. It was hard enough with that little voice spouting out fucking three times in one breath.

I don't think she's learned context for that particular word yet. Though she does use others properly. Her sister, at around her age, lectured us in the proper use of another word. "Shit. Shit? This is not the time when you say shit!"


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