Monday, August 18, 2014

Word Choice


Gonzo, my youngest son, is cut from different cloth. Everyone knows that person who is described as "just too nice," as though that is a huge hurdle we all have to deal with in life (my middle son, Magoo, was described as "too nice" or "too sweet", also). Gonzo has been described that way, too; I'd love to be surrounded by all those who are labeled "too nice". In my mind, Gonzo has achieved an elevated state of maturity. Ma and Pa can't take any credit for it. He's just wired that way; calm and even tempered.

Recently, he surprised me with another aspect of his personality: he just doesn't seem to be molded by peer pressure. How refreshing to find that in a young person, and (yippee!) that person is under my roof. Double score.

On the way home from the grocery store, Gonzo and I were chatting and giving our two cents on a range of topics in the news and entertainment. Both of us love music and pop culture trends. That's kind of nice, relationship-wise, especially since I'm older than dirt. The conversation drifted to the topic of actor-comedian, Johnny Knoxville, when Gonzo said, "You know him; he was in Jackword."

Jackword?  JACKWORD?  We both laughed as he explained that he thought there was no reason to repeat bad language, just insert "word." What a great idea! I'm not claiming that I never cursed, but I sure don't want to promote it and I try not to. Gonzo actually had a plan to avoid it.

Laughing all the way home, we expanded the approach and inserted word into anything we found even mildly offensive. 

  • "The Word political party doesn't know what they're talking about; they're just full of words."
  • "Did you read the paper? So and so was arrested for Word."
  • "The parade was great, unless you had to follow the Clydesdales and deal will all the Word on the street."
  • "I can't believe a professional person would say "Bull-Word" in a corporate meeting...it's so tacky.  I mean it's so Word..."
People forget that they have control over their own lives as they age. We rationalize or delude ourselves with reasons behind why we do things - or why we don't. What a neat thing to be young and sure of where the boundaries of what you will and will not do are located. It's inspirational.

No matter your age, we all have to deal with a heaping load of Words at one time or another.


14 comments:

  1. Why don't we word in the road?
    Why don't we word in the road?
    Why don't we word in the road?
    Why don't we word in the road?
    No one will be watching us
    Why don't we word in the road?

    Word, Cherdo! I'm sitting here writing to you from a jail cell! Last night I was arrested for displaying my word in a public place and attempting to word an undercover police officer.

    WORD! WORD! WORD!

    It is encouraging to know there are at least two young people in your family who think for themselves instead of following the pack. As a mother you must be doing something right. In this difficult life and in this troubled world there is no such thing as being too nice or too sweet. We tried it the other way and it didn't work. Let's give love, peace, courtesy and kindness a chance and see how that goes for a while. Maybe we'll actually like it.

    I don't claim to be older than dirt. Dirt and I are the same age.

    I hope your week is off to a great start, dear friend Cherdo. Enjoy the rest of your Monday, sweetie!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh, there's nothing wrong with any of Gonzo's sibs - it's just that Gonzo and Magoo are the ones who are always described as "sweet". Juggernaut is often described as funny and bright - and loud.

      Settle down, SDK, you'll get yourself in a whole mess of word, er, problems. Jail doesn't have WiFi and or access to your digital assets. Keep your words to yourself! No matter what, I try not to word.

      The "word" thing cracked me up.

      I'm waking up to the gloomiest of days, wet and dark! But I've got some projects under way, and it looks like I'm progressing nicely - it could be worse! Looking forward to a third installment of a certain blogger's travel tales. Have a great word day!

      Delete
  2. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I would have said "Jackbutt," although I learned in front of children, you were even limited with words like "butt!" My stepdaughter is a teenager now and it's funny to watch her shop for clothes. She weighs every item with, "Are other people wearing this? Will I stand out if I do?" She picks only those "safe" clothes that won't make her stand out. I was remembering when I was a teenager and bought this bold white dress with a big lion on it. I felt so beautiful in that dress and got SO many compliments--it was the first time I realized when you don't follow the pack, you actually get a sort of confidence that comes from being seen apart from everyone else. It's funny...the older you get, the more you can do that!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm no Puritan, but I just try to refrain from bad language in general. If you hear me use bad language, you know I've been pushed waaaay too far, ha ha.

      You are totally right about the benefits of NOT following the crowd. I've always been a bit off kilter, and I like it that way.

      Delete
  4. What a sensible solution. Swear words are definitely overused but sometimes, they're just the thing to cut through the bullword.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I like your son's philosophy. We is wise beyond most of our ages.

    Lee
    Tossing It Out

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ;-) That's my story, and I'm sticking to it.

      Delete
  6. No one has ever accused me of being too nice.

    Love,
    Janie

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's still early in the day, and you never know what might happen.

      (Let me be the first: you're too nice. You always sign off "Love, Janie" - what more do people want? An engagement ring?)

      Delete
  7. I don't care for the "too nice" label. Even the nicest person snaps. People think I'm nice, but then I have a whole other side to me. I've become less nicer over the years.

    Interesting substitution.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'm not convinced that you aren't nice, Medeia... :-)

      Delete

Thanks for your personal yada, yada, yada,
Love, Cherdo