There was a time growing up that I thought the only three bad words were “stupid, dumb, and hate.” I believed that because my mother told me so.
As it turns out, there are many other bad words that really are bad.
However, there are a lot of words that were at one time bad, or are considered bad by the more prudish members of society, that are perfectly acceptable in the English language in 2011.
Douchebag – A douchebag is an actual product, and although it can paint a picture in our minds, there a a lot of guys who really fit the description. You know a douchebag when you see one, and you shouldn’t have to say “wow, that guy sure is an individual who has an over-inflated sense of self worth, compounded by a low level of intellegence, behaving ridiculously in front of colleagues with no sense of how moronic he appears.” That’s just way too much effort when “douchebag” will suffice.
Bitch – Bitch wasn’t always a bad word. It literally means “female dog”, used in a sentence “we need to find a bitch to feed these puppies”. However, bitch as an insult paints a very clear picture. Today, in it’s most common form, bitch means “Annoying and whining female.”. It can also mean “A man who lets people push him around.” Used as a verb, it means “to complain.” Sometimes in life, we just have to call a bitch a bitch.
Crap – Yes, there was a time when crap was considered a bad word by much of society. Today, you can hear the word crap from the pulpit of mainline church denominations. Crap is one word that has made the transition into common use. Crap means “poo” and when something is a load of crap – we all know what that means.
Bullshit – This is another word that has a literal meaning… “bull poo”. Like “crap”, bullshit is the easiest way to describe a person’s verbal diarrhea.
Damn – Yes, it’s not just a structure that blocks a river. Damn is an adjective that has its place in society.
There are still a couple of words that deserve the distinction of “bad word”. For instance, the C word, the F work and…. hmmm… that’s really all I can come up with.
So don’t get offended when you hear someone turning the air blue. It’s an important part of Americana that should be celebrated.