We started this program a little while ago in response to the vile things coming out of 12’s mouth while on XBOX Live. (do yourselves a favor, NEVER EVER get XBOX…and XBOX Live in particular…Devil Box…XBOX 666…you think I’m kidding? I am NOT!) My favorite time, and what became the Final Straw, was hearing 12 scream “F*CKER” at the top of his lungs. A proud, proud moment for me. What made it worse? Flying down the stairs on my broom to confront him and his response? “What?” Like it was not a big deal and ‘stop bothering me, woman‘…Unrepentant. We’ll see about that!
Enter the Swear Jar.
Actually, we’re calling it the “Inappropriate Word Jar” b/c some words, while not technically curses, drive me crazy and are wrong so they are on the Bad List! I listed them on the side of my cutesy label…A words, D words, C words (not that they know what that is yet but I wanted to be thorough! lol), R word (hate the R word!), S words (to include “stupid” and “shut up” – the most commonly said “bad words” around here), H words (including the word “hump” that 9 uses when talking about molesting poor Otis)…you get the idea.
The fine? $1 per swear. I know, pretty steep! My internet research showed that charging a dime or quarter per swear wasn’t enough of a deterrent. If the offender doesn’t have $1 to put in right away, we put in an IOU slip. Poor 9 was in for $3 in 5 minutes when he couldn’t stop talking about how STUPID the whole idea was! lol The playoffs almost bankrupted 12. We had to cut a deal b/c I lost count after the first 35 words (Ravens/Steelers – ’nuff said)…
So, my bright angels asked if it counted if they cursed in another language. Hmm. I think that’s okay. So, I checked out words like shit and damn, etc. Turns out other countries have much more colorful curses than we do! I couldn’t find “dammit” in Italian but I found “vaffanculo” and “Andate tutti a ‘fanculo”. In Spanish, I liked “Me cago en todo lo que se menea” and “tonto del culo”…lmao. Check out those websites…cursing is fun! 😉 I will have to ban them from googling cursing though…there are words in there that I think they’ve never heard of *begging*
The great thing is that I’ve only had to put a few $$ in since we started. Luckily for me, they aren’t in the car with me all the time to catch me! lol Recently though, 12 asked me what ‘ah-sweep-ay’ meant. (I’ve used this for years, thanks Hope) I ‘fessed up and said it’s “asswipe”…he just shook his head at me and said “I thought it was something in Spanish!”
I still find it funny that neither child has ever asked me what “douche bag” means. It’s my favorite thing to scream at other drivers. Not kidding.
**for the record, the Frug has yet to contribute even $1!! Testa di merda! lol**