Jackwagons and stewballs; Some thoughts on cursing in public

I was thinking that there is entirely too much cursing in our modern life. Maybe we do it to get attention. Maybe we do it to make others think we are ‘cutting edge’ and fearless of “The Man.” Who knows and who really cares.

I just know I am kinda tired of hearing it all, especially from the emerging crop of Social Media people who are finding themselves more on stage as keynotes in more and more mainstream conferences. We get it, but some of us are older and you just don’t say things like that in polite company. You are no longer exclusively in your nerd colonies.

If you must curse, may we ask that you be more creative? I propose instead of calling someone an a**hole, you say “jackwagon.” Or instead of “sh*t” or “f**k” you say “stewballs!” (Look up Peter, Paul and Mary)

That’s all I have to say. If you must curse, be smart and creative. Instead of cringing, we’ll smile with the appreciation creativity deserves.

I’m kinda curious about any curse words you’ve replaced. Tell us about them in the comments. (Just the replacements, not the original words. We run a family-friendly doghouse.)


5 Replies to “Jackwagons and stewballs; Some thoughts on cursing in public”

  1. Freak’n is a favorite, but I must confess tourettes has a way of rearing it’s ugly little head when my ire is raised. Fortunately, rarely in public.

  2. My sister always used to say “oh, bother”. I’ve also heard “fiddlesticks” and my favorite, “holy guacamole”.

  3. I love this! I am so sick of my kids hearing so much cursing on t.v., radio….really everywhere! Be really creative and come up with fun words…love poppycock and balderdash! I remember my mom getting angry when I was little and saying “oh, God bless America”. Even though we knew she was frustrated, we giggled ; )

  4. Two of my favorites as well! My mom was French-Canadian and when she got mad at us kids (5 of us!) she would start screaming in French… they were common curse words, but they sounded a whole lot scarier in French.. and since all the neighbor kids didn’t know what she was saying, it was ok 🙂 We laugh about it now, but back then we were terrified. Fun times, so long ago…

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