Hi! It's the new year! Yay!
One of my resolutions is, as always, to clean up my language.
It never works. And you know I'm going to fuck up and say fuck. And that is OK, I've decided. It's just that overall, I'd like to reduce the amount of profanity I use in my spoken language. Maybe my writing, but maybe not.
So my mother tells this story of when I was a little, little kid. We were all in Duluth, visiting my dad's parents.
My dad's mom, who wasn't the easiest MIL, was apparently being all holier-than-thou and explaining to my mother how using profanity was the sign of a poor vocabulary, or something along those lines.
And I, sitting under the table, pulled an "Oh, Jesus Christ!" out from my poor vocabulary.
I think Betty was secretly fairly pleased.
So anyway. This time, I've decided I'm going to try to start using ridiculous expressions that amuse me, with the intention of crowding out some of the curse words.
I'm not sure what they'll be - probably because I've been so profane for so long. But I think I'd like to start using "criminy" and "cripes" - mainly because I like how they both sound.
Betty will say "criminatly" - not sure where that came from, but it's like criminy times two, as far as I can tell.
I don't think I can pull off "jeepers." And I'm never going to say Jimminy Crickets. Or "oh, heckfire!"
But if you've got any creative additions, I'd like to hear them.