75 Words Parents Need to Erase From Their Vocabulary

Parents, watch your words! Children are all ears when you speak – you utter one swear word and they pick it up immediately. Make sure you erase these words from your vocabulary.

By Team ParentCircle

75 Words Parents Need to Erase From Their Vocabulary

25-year-old Jai had a pet parakeet. It had the habit of mimicking him by repeating his words. Occasionally, much to his amusement, it would even mimic his swear words. Of course, it would sometimes be embarrassing when the naughty pet decided to put up a show and flaunt his offensive vocabulary in the presence of guests. But, the guests would take it lightly and pass it off with a giggle or two. Sometime later, when Jai got married and became a father, a similar instance happened. This time, it was not the parakeet, but it was Jai’s adorable toddler. He happily reeled off the swear words he had heard from his dad. Jai was stunned. What was amusement earlier, in the case of his parakeet, turned to shock and a hard-hitting realisation that he had to watch his words.

What we learn from Jai’s case is that the major role of parenting is to be a good model for your children. Therefore, you will need to hit the ‘Shift+Delete’ buttons for your bad or wrong habits, if any. For, children imitate parents in most ways. They pick up both the good and the bad from their parents. One of the most important things you will need to ‘Shift+Delete’ is offensive, swear and taboo words from your vocabulary. Remember, the lexis of parents plays a major role in building their children’s word-kit. Here’s a list of 75 words/phrases that you would need to completely erase from your vocabulary.

When parents resort to using offensive and abusive language it conveys the following messages to the child 
1. That it is acceptable to express negative emotions such as anger, rage, fury, hostility, aggression, and sarcasm through words.
2. That it is alright to use derogatory and foul language.
3. That it is alright to show disrespect for others by the way we address them.


As a result, children will use similar language with friends, classmates and with others in various social spaces, thus risking punishment or other negative reactions. Also, they will rely on such offensive language whenever they are faced with conflict situations. –*Arundhati Swamy

Inappropriate Slang, Offensive and Disapproving words

1. What an idiot you are!

2. How stupid!

3. Don’t be such a fool!

4. You moron!

5. Don’t you have brains?

6. Rascal!

7. Blockhead!

8. When will this ever get into your thick skull?

9. You are a nincompoop!

10. What a good-for-nothing fellow you are!

11. Shameless creature!

12. Go hang (yourself)!

13. Get out of my sight!

14. Who cares?

15. As if I care?

16. I couldn’t care less.

17. I don’t care two hoots.

18. He’s a complete nut.

19. He’s such an emotional cripple!

20. It sucks!

21. How dumb!

22. Shut up!

23. What kind of female is she?

24. Filthy female!

25. Such a filthy guy!

26. What a sissy you are!

27. He’s a complete wimp.

28. She’s such a freak.

29. It’s freaking awesome.

30. This is so freaking impossible.

31. I hate the very sight of him.

32. Arrogant pig!

33. Don’t be such a pig.

34. You, dirty dog!

35. He’s mental.

36. You, lazy beggar!

37. Such a useless fellow!

38. Worthless creature!

39. Hey, fatty!

40. Hey, beanpole!

41. It costs a hell of a lot of money.

42. It was one hell of a party.

43. It’s all one hell of a mess.

44. He’s a half-breed.

Swear words

45. Oh, hell!

46. What the hell!

47. Get the hell out of here!

48. Life is hell!

49. What the hell is wrong with you?

50. To hell with her!

51. Go to hell!

52. Damn you!

53. Damn it!

54. Goddamn you!

55. I care a damn for it.

56. I just don’t give a damn.

57. It’s none of your damn business!

58. Where are the damn keys?

59. Damn good!

Taboo words

60. Bl**dy fool!

61. What the bl**dy hell?

62. That was a bl**dy good lunch.

63. What bl**dy awful weather!

64. Oh, sh*t!

65. Bull-sh*t!

66. Sh*t-faced creature!

67. Why are you sh*t-scared?

68. Cr*p!

69. He’s full of cr*p.

70. It’s nothing but a bunch of cr*p.

71. P*ss off!

72. He just p*sses me off.

73. I feel so p*ssed.

74. He’s a stupid b*st*rd.

75. She can be a real b*tch.


Words can inspire and words can destroy. Choose yours well.” – Robin Sharma

Well, choose yours well so that your children too would do the same.


Arundhati Swamy is a counsellor and the Head of Parent Engagement Programs at ParentCircle.

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