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I was so paranoid as a kid when it came to swearing. I truely and actually believed that the phrase "shut up", even in a joking manner, was considered cussing.
Whenever I got mad on the playground, I would always yell "BE QUIET!!!" instead of shut up. Needless to say, that didn't really work. ^-^
But nevertheless, it wasn't until the fifth grade until I started saying "shut up".
Iím Spanish speaker and I was until I was 35 y/o. When I was kid my parents never explained to me the meaning of some bad words but they told me they were bad words and as I heard them all the time with out understanding what they were talking about, I thought anything that I couldnít understand was bad, at the same time the Beatles song became so popular on the radio and I was convinced that people liked to sing bad word songs.
My parents designated the words "hockey puck"as their swear word for idiot, jerk (insert truly bad word here). I grew up believing that hockey puck was a bad word not to be used in polite company.
When I was young I heard the f-word often, along with the gesture that went with it, so to stop me from using it my father told me a secret. He said that there was something worse....you stick up your pinky finger and say "fitzel bitzel". Worked for years till I realized he made it all up.
When I was about 5 or 6 I asked my mom why people called African Americans "the n-word". She said and I quote:
"Oh, it's because they're always nigging you for money"
I believed that until I was in the 9th grade.
When i was 5 i would watch full house and when Michelle said heck i would cover my ears and say she is bad she said a curse word and my mom would giggle but keep watching and my sister would say that's not a bad word what the heck is your problem and i smacked her in the head my mom then told me that wasn't nice to do to my sister and heck wasn't a curse word oh i said why the heck you didn't tell me
I thought that "bigot" was a swear word because I heard someone call someone else that as an insult (which i guess it is but I didn't know what it meant, figured it just meant jerk or asshole or something)
When I was much younger, I was talking to my dad and my sisters about skipping school, and my dad referred to it as 'wagging school'. I misheard him and said, loudly and exitedly "I want to wank!"
When I was little I believed that the "F word" was fart. My mom laughed at me when I told her.
My mother had taught us a song that went:
bird bird bo bird
banana fanna fo fird
me mi mo mird...
We started singing the song to things around us.
Then we say a truck.
truck truck bo buck... banana fanna fo...
We got in big big trouble. Another time my brother was watching my dad trying to get him a soda. the machine took his money, and he said s**t. My brother then slapped his knee and repeated him. He started to yell, then said 'where did you hear that?!' and he said 'from you!'
when i was small i used to think that stupid was a really bad swear word and when i heard someone say stupid i would bawl my eyes out and then expecially if my sister said it .. i would pull her hair and then one day i realized that it meant dumb and it wasnt bad so i started saying it and teaching little kids it wasnt bad and one day wen i was like 9 years old i told a kinder garden that it wasnt bad and since then i alwayz got in trouble
My 3 year old son and I went shopping and as we were driving around the full car park he exclaimed "Mummy there's no fucking spaces!".
I blame his father...
I used to think that stupid was a curse, and when my dad took me to the hard rock cafe there was a song on called 'stupid girl' or something (it was a long time ago) where the girl sais stupid about 17 times in a row. I was in shock. my dad was like 'what?'
i also used to think that cursing was saying a bad word, and that the word 'swearing' was a bad word. And for a while, that they both meant casting a mean spell on someone...
I used to believe that the "S" word was really ship soo i went home thinking that it was ok to swear i was only like 5 and i went home and started saying holy ship because i had older friends and they always said holy s*** in front of me until i figured out it was really s*** and not ship
When i was little i thought the F word was a religious person because my dad used to say "HOLY F..." alot.
until that day i said it in church!
About swearing, I'm Irish, and we have a....colorful word choice.
So, I was playing A-10 Cuba flight sim about 11 years ago, good old Win 95 :P (some of you might know the sim, and I just showed my age), and was stuck on a mission, so I first said f**k you to an enemy, but very, very quietly. I completed the mission, but got shot down. I then yelled something like...f**king c**t s**t b******s. At the exact moment my father walked in.
Yep. Great timing
When I was 3 I watched a Micky Mouse cartoon where Mickey called Pluto a dumb mutt. I thought he said damn it, so I figured it was ok to say it. My mom wasn't happy when I repeated it...
When I was 4 I was told not to use God's name in vain. I thought this just meant saying the word "God" at all. So I thought that you were supposed to say "Fairy Goshmother" instead of "Fairy Godmother".
What's weird about this is that I later found out this was just a belief on my mom's side of the family and not my dad's. It can be very confusing to be raised in a family of both a believer in God and someone who doesn't quite believe in Him that much.
not really a belief, but when I was little my friend told me he liked to make up words, so I decided to try it. On my first attempt I came up with the F word. I was playing with blocks in the living room and blurted it out right in front of both my parents, like, "Hey, look what I made". The memory of how angry they got keeps me from swearing to this day (Junior in high school).
when i was little i thought 'rats' was a bad word. so when my brother loudly shouted out "RATS!" in frustration i was appalled that he had actually said a bad word!