It's my turn to host Romance Writers Weekly Thoughts for Thursday blog. The topic is:
Down the rabbit hole of naughty words
I recently finished writing a book where the heroine had a potty mouth (she would've been called a muck spout long ago). Sometimes I loved that she couldn't care less what others thought and sometimes I hesitated to write the combination of profanity that she'd likely string together. Left me looking over my shoulder much like a criminal. I think we can all agree that western culture has become a tad…desensitized, but am I the only one who enjoys our societal evolution but cringes from it as well?
This entire internal debate took me down into a rabbit hole that I'm sharing with you today.
We all know that naughty words are born out of what society feels is taboo or scary. Currently, it's more offensive to be socially abusive (i.e. call someone fat or remark about someone's intelligent quotient being single or double digits). But when religion used to carry more weight than it does now, words that blasphemed Jesus or God were unthinkable. Now, those are spouted without a second thought of their offense.
But from days classified as ancient history to those that saw the invention of machines curse words have been around. You might be surprised at what they were. Here are a few that raised a brow:
Occupy– Yes, occupy. In the 16th century it was used to refer to sexual penetration. So the phrase- we occupy the same space- could be taken literally.
Town– How a prostitute was referred as.
“Honey, I'm going to get some milk from town.” I'll just leave that one as is 🙂
Pox ridden wench– speaks for itself
(I may have used this other day #sorrynotsorry).
Because of TV and the use of social media words like ba$tard and whoreson no longer carry the UMP they used to.
Bugger– I'll admit that this one totally caught me off guard. History says this used to mean the person who does the penetration of the um…someone's …ah…back door.
The ever favorite “F” words (not fart ) has been around ages. It used to be SARD.
I kinda like it. SARD OFF. Though SARD does lack a certain ability to be used as a noun, verb, adverb, descriptor of mood, time, and space.
Fopdoodle– Means dumb ass.
Doubt I'll ever use this.
Gadzooks and Zounds: Are the aforementioned God bashing words that used to make women faint but become popular by their use by Scooby Do and Shaggy.
Zooterkins, this list is endless and entertaining but consarn it, I've run out of time. Thanks for going down the rabbit hole with me. I hope you found it as interesting as I did. If you know of some others I'd love it if you shared:-)
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