We’ve been talking about rude words, swear words, inappropriate language (some of the kids have been getting into strife at school).
I asked Mac if he knew any – a very sly grin accompanied a fairly confident “YES” on his right foot’s button.
Would you tell Mum one you know? YES he answered (more grinning)
Could you spell it? (I asked with a hint of trepidation – I think he probably knows more than he should)
So we busied ourselves with the Morse Code option.
B sure, I can think of a couple starting with “B”
U yep, still with you
D hmmm, I checked, was this correct?… It was, Mac confirmed.
D OK, I am starting to feel a bit lost (or uncool and out of the loop)
E Nup, still lost
R OK, I guess that makes sense, could it be derived from the more familiar bugger?
So, I checked. Is b-u-d-d-e-r what he wanted to spell. YES
And do you hear people saying that word as a ‘swear’? YES
So, like “BUDDER OFF”, “OH BUDDER” & “BUDDER IT” I enquired further… YES
So despite the chequered past and original meaning of the ‘intended word’ thankfully, these days, it is a far more acceptable and less offensive expletive.
I think we’ll let him retain ‘budder’ (and it’s corrected version) in his vernacular.
That being said, I am not naive enough to think that much of this conversation was cleverly manipulated by Mac who is wily enough to know what to say, when to say it and how far to take it.
As I said at the beginning “budder” wouldn’t melt… yeah sure it wouldn’t.