Teach your kids to curse!

“Oh, schmarkle!”

Imagine your son or daughter saying that in class.  Not too upsetting, I’m guessing.

Curse words are upsetting because those within earshot consider them vulgar.  And curse words are satisfyingly cathartic (and potentially even healthy) because of the utterer’s personal culture.  Usually those considerations are aligned, but what if you were to teach your children to curse using words that have no significance to anyone else?  It might sound a little silly, perhaps even humorous, but it wouldn’t sound offensive.  So schmarkle away!

Then later, when friends inevitably introduce your son or daughter to “real” curse words, they will have some degree of immunization against adopting them — the ingrained habit of using an inoffensive word.

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