Posted by: Calvin | June 22, 2008

“Crap!”

Did I just swear?  Should someone wash my mouth out with soap?  At the dinner table this evening we discussed whether “crap” is a curse word.  The word is taboo at the boys’ school.  It is on “the list” there.  Is it on your list of taboo words?

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  1. Hmmm..never been discussed actually as it is not a word any of us use very much. Most likely it would be frowned upon, but perhaps not forbidden. Oldest is almost 12 after all – he could say a whole lot worse!!

  2. I say “crap” is not a swear word.

    I have adopted “barnacles” as my word of choice. Only parents of relatively young kids know what I am alluding to and it makes me laugh when I want ot say something much worse than “crap”!

  3. I’d put that one in the pretty mild category, though I understand why the school would prefer students not say it. It’s not a word that I or my kids use regularly, but I’d have a pretty mild reaction if one of them did.

  4. According to George Carlin, who just died BTW, no. I agree that “crap” is pretty mild, so much so that it’s acceptable to my husband (who hates cursing). I laughed at More Than An Electrician’s substituting “barnacles”. I need to find a good word like that and erase those f-bombs from my speech.

  5. Of course we couldn’t use the word “crap” at the dinner table, seeing I forbade the use of any word that references a bodily function at the dinner table . . . But we ultimately decided, as the wise commenters have concluded, that the word is not a swear word, yet not a good word to use as noted by the teachers at the snobby school.

    I like “barnacles” too. I suggest that we all adopt that fine word as the official preferred alternative to “crap!”

  6. I don’t think it’s a swear word, but I really don’t like it, so I don’t say it myself. In most instances, I don’t allow the kids I watch (babysitting or at church) to say it either.


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