Years ago my brother Mark told me this story about his daughter, "Gina was four year old she was playing by my side while I was tinkering in my workshop. At one point I accidentally dropped something on my finger. I bit my tongue trying not to spill out the familiar swear words in front of my daughter. Instead I moaned and groaned, blabbering nonsense. My daughter trying to be helpful tugged at my sleeve and offered, "Daddy I think the word you are looking for is Damn-it. Say, "Damn-it," Daddy, and you'll feel better." My brother really groaned after that.
While working on the apartment, I have learned a few choice French expressions from the workers. The other day Regis cut his knee, he didn't need any coaxing to gush out some of those choice expressions. Later he apologized for what he blurted out. I waved my hand at him, "Oh Regis, I would have dropped a heavier bomb than the words you used."
Luckily none of them speak English.
Why is it that foreign swear words, or words of little importance are instantly memorized? As I child I learned "Dry Fart" in Portuguese. Why? Too bad I never learned, "Thank you"?!
Do you utter slang words, or are your a purist like Yann?
Photo: My niece covering her mouth.