Have you ever stubbed your toe? Of course you have. Have you ever noticed that stubbing your toe, like getting cut off in traffic, has an almost 100% probability of eliciting an audible curse from an adult? It usually goes something like this:
Stub. Searing pain. Hop on good foot, grab injured toe and squeeze hard.
“Gah-DAMMIT! OW! DAMN! %$#@! @#$! etc.”
Now take it a step further: have you ever stubbed your toe in the vicinity of a child? Everything cited above still holds true, but when your wife comes in and asks what happened, her heretofore angelic child will dutifully tell her, “Daddy banged his goddam toe.” With a smile no less. And much as you would like your child to forget the aforementioned word, it will pop up again and again. And again. Usually in front of your parents. Or a prospective employer. Or a member of the clergy. Read the rest of this entry »