For quite a while, I've been throwing the word "idiot" around. Jen and I throw it back and forth, and it's almost always a term of endearment. I've never in anger, seriously called anyone an idiot. For that, it's just not strong enough.
It's not that I enjoy swearing. Sometimes I just find that nothing works quite like a well thought out, perfectly timed, appropriately placed curse. I don't just mean the standards (although they work quite well).
It occurred to me today that recently I've taken to referring to the true morons I come across in life as douchebags. That's right kids, this golden nugget from my high school days has slowly crept back into my vocabulary.
Here's a short list of the people who've had this muttered towards them recently: the guy who cut me off on my way to work yesterday, the owner of the restaurant we ate at this evening, my MIL's "significant" other. I even told my good friend Bubba that he had reached new levels of "douchebaggery" (this one I didn't actually mean).
And I'm starting to hear it everywhere. The Bob & Tom Show and fellow blogger Backpacking Dad have put this word to good use.
What is it about that word that is just so... right for certain circumstances? I'm not sure I'll ever know why it has that particular appeal, but I can't see phasing it out anytime soon.
So, as I'm always keen to broaden my horizons: What is your favorite swear word? C'mon, you can tell me.
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