Sam – The F-Word

November 5, 2008 at 7:44 am Leave a comment

This afternoon in the car, as I am wont to do in the afternoons, I was listening to NPR. No, I don’t listen for the liberal slant. I listen for the entertaining, historic and educational long form stories.

Today one such story was the arguments heard before the US Supreme Court today regarding use of the F-word. In a nutshell: Cher uttered it in passing on an awards show on Fox a few years back, the FCC fined Fox, Fox took it to court and had the fine overturned and now the FCC/Bush Admin has their appeal before the high court.

One of the more enlightening things NPR does with SCOTUS stories is read the transcripts so that you can actually hear what certain Justices and lawyers said and argued. As most of us are not privy to what actually transpires in the courtroom, it’s a very interesting peek behind the curtain so to speak.

Well today the Justices, lawyers and reporter were freely tossing about the F-word…not actually saying the real word but using the term “F-word”.

Now to the fun part: also in the car with me are Jack (5) and Will (14). After about 2 minutes of the story Jack asks “what’s the F-word”. Of course I’m not about to tell him, so I just tell him it’s a bad word that no one should say.

JACK: “But just tell me, I won’t say it”.

ME: “No”.

JACK: “Why not”?

ME: “Because it’s a bad word and I don’t want you to hear it or say it”.

Yep…probably crazy reasoning, but for now he doesn’t need to hear it. I don’t even drop that word in front of Will or Sammy…the 19 year old. I know they know the word, but I’m dad…I don’t say those kindsa things unless the car in front of me turns left from the right hand lane.

Anyway, back to Jack. He gives up the questioning and just starts saying “F-word” over and over in the back seat. It’s sorta repetition, sorta singing. Again, not the real word, just the phrase “F-word”.

Will looks at me…I ask Jack to stop. He tells me he thinks he knows what the F-word is…it’s “word”. Nope, not even close Jack.

Then he starts mumbling something to himself about the F-word and I hear it repeated a few times.

Now Will chimes in and tells him to stop saying “F-word” because he doesn’t need to say that in. Will’s a worrier and I know he’s worried Jack may stumble across the word at some point while he’s saying “F-word”. Funny thing is, Jack did say it once when he repeated a line from Beetlejuice…I forgot the line was in the movie, otherwise I’d have coughed over it (parental trick #73).

At some point the story ended and he finally dropped it. Another bullet dodged for now. Funny thing about the F-word is I know the older two know it, but I don’t know when they learned it. I know I learned it in the 5th or 6th grade after I’d left the sanctuary of the neighborhood elementary school and went off to the all boys school…riding the bus with middle schoolers and high schoolers who were cool and used it all the time.

Can’t wait for he S-word or the C-word or the rest of the D-word alphabet.

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