When I Learned to Swear

The previous item reminded me of a true story: the first time I "swore" in front of a parent. In my case, it was my dad.

I was about 5 when I heard a new-to-me word that I thought was quite expressive, so I waited for an opportunity to use it.

That opportunity came up a day or so later.

I was in the kitchen, and knocked something over. My opportunity!

"Damn it!" I said in a firm, clear voice.

My father, who was in the kitchen, wheeled around and sternly demanded, "Where did you hear that word?!"

My reply stopped him cold: "From mom!"

No, I wasn't punished. :-)

Posted January 27, 2016

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