i've been slacking in the word of the month category. so to make up for lost verbiage – and in honor of PMS WEEK here at silly = sane – i offer you my top 5 non-swears. i know "that time of the month" is near when my already frail internal check system starts to fail in the four-letter-word category. i've been turning to silly yet satisfying alternatives as a solution. and although you might not teach these to your kids, at least you won't mind them repeating them.
we all know what this means in comic strips. but have you ever read it out loud literally? LOL!
you know, like daffadowndilly (which is a satisfying way of saying daffodil), but uh, not as cute.
3oh, for crying in the beer
because that would be sad. very, very sad.
a loyal reader shared this one, and i've been using it ever since. it's the satisfaction of the about-face.
1Scheibenkleister! So ein Mist!
the German translation for this is "window putty." so said my German prof. (i am sorry to say, Herr Lamse, that it is pretty much all i remember.) some native German speakers confirmed that it's an old-fashioned way of not swearing and that it isn't used much anymore. ... except, of course, by stir-crazy mommas hell-bent on at least gaining verbal satisfaction in an otherwise angst-inducing day. (a rough pronunciation: shy-bun-cly-stuh! zoh eyn mist!)
in the time it takes to say some of these, i've either calmed down a bit or i'm outright laughing at myself.
what's your favorite non-swear?
art credit: "The Bureaucratic Screams from Hell"