Swearing for parents

Swearing is good for you. And I was being told off by friends with young kids. “Maybe you can use …different words?”


The examples then given; didn’t really do much. Swearing needs to feel good. So my quest then was to find non-swear words with a “phonetic release”. Yeah, phonetic release, I just made that up, and it’s a fairly good description of what swearing should do. banning_fanzine_nycover

Release of endorfines to relieve pain.

I got close, of course not the full blast of a good swear word, but leaned on connotation, broad vovels and strong consonants. The Norwegian word for “all round weather proof jacket” then became a swear word in my vocabulary. “Allværsjakke!” It has the idea of a hated garment with mismatched colors, and a “Æ” and double “K”. I think it would be a good word to use when frustrated.

That’s another thing, swear words are used under your breath, shouted out loud and mixed in a good tirade. For stepping on a Lego I chose the word “PUKK!” as a fast exclamation for when something hurts. “Pukk” are large pieces of gravel. Also a good connotation there.

(The word “FAJANSE” is just that. A horrible mix of flower pattens on ceramic plates. Who designed flower patterns with insects that shows up underneath gravy?)

I’ve had three editions of this project so far, and since it’s something I’m doing as a side project, the fourth edition takes its time. The theme for the fourth edition is Norse swearing, since I discovered through my “RUNA” project that many of the swear words and expressions I use are rooted much further back in time than I thought.

It’s never going to be as delightful to say as the words underneath though: