“budder” wouldn’t melt

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

I haven’t actually corrected his spelling just yet.  If he happens to go to the effort of telling someone to ‘budder off’ I think they will get the message and he won’t seem ‘quite as rude’.

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.

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3 responses to ““budder” wouldn’t melt

  1. ha! Love it……that is just too darn cute!

  2. Susan, Mum to Molly

    Love it! Budder was/is Molly’s first swearword too. Obviously that’s what it sounds like to the kids…

    As swearwords go, I wasn’t too upset she picked up this one given the other options “available”to her.

    Lulu’s current main source of pocketmoney is the 20c for each time she catches me saying the f-word or s-word… SIGH.

    Molly used to have a little spiel:
    “Oh no, oh dear, oh budder.” but has now graduated to: “Budder off poo poo head.”

  3. Claire

    I think all communication aids should be programmed with appropriate “naughty” words and body sounds! All kids need to be cheeky and mischievous if they want to be.

    This video by Whizz-Kidz has it just right. http://www.whizz-kidz.org.uk/

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