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75 Words Parents Need to Erase From Their Vocabulary

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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 this list of words from your vocabulary.

Toddler to Teen
75 Words Parents Need to Erase From Their Vocabulary

"Words can inspire and words can destroy. Choose yours well." - Robin Sharma

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. 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 realization that he had to watch his words.

What we learn from Jai's case is the importance of parents being good models for their 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.

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.

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. Also, they will use offensive language to defend themselves in conflict situations, to bully others, or just be mean. - Arundhati Swamy, Family Counselor 

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

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