As I posted yesterday, my life has been reasonably boring lately. Not quiet however, since Curly is now out of school, and Guitar Hero is playing his electric guitar sans headphones even after I’ve yelled downstairs for him to wear them. (It’s not that he plays badly, it’s just that he’s practicing scales and the same frickin’ rhythms over and over and over again. When he actually plays songs I can recognize, I can tune him out.)

And speaking of ‘frickin’… there’s been a lot of press/blogging lately about the cursing/swearing in literature lately. I’ve even had a few discussions about it with my mother — who objected to me letting my boys reading Harry Potter because it contained the word blimey which to her is an awful word (It’s a derivation of an old phrase God Blind Me)

Now despite my mother’s efforts to raise me as a proper ‘lady’ (HA!), or maybe in spite of my mother’s efforts, I swear like a sailor. And I’m getting worse as I get older. I never used to swear – honest, I used to curb my tongue when my boys were younger, but once kids go to school they get exposed to all the worst words and they gradually got more and more daring in their langauge at home. (Before you get all up in arms, they’re 17 and 23, not toddlers – who I do not find adorable when they use the F word, by the way.) In the last couple of years, I gave up and let my inner demons loose. It just feels better to get rid of the pent up frustration in letting loose with a good curse word. The heck on my mother’s repeated mantra that cursing shows a lack of vocabulary. Does that mean every other word rhymes with duck? No, but sometimes only a good solid curse works when you stub your toe or someone cuts you off in traffic.

So I had to chuckle when I read this blog about why another author, Cornelia Read, lets her characters use words that rhyme with duck.

Words that Rhyme with Duck
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9 thoughts on “Words that Rhyme with Duck

  • June 26, 2008 at 9:43 am

    I think you know where I stand on this subject. I mean, you’ve met Trevor. That vocabulary of his has got to come from somewhere…

  • June 26, 2008 at 12:49 pm


    “I can’t actually tell you, because you’re the vicar, but say I say another word in its place, like duck.”


    “He asked what the duck I was playing at, and if I ducking kissed Alice ducking Tinker again, he’d make sure that I was well and truly ducked.”

    *Blink* “Well, duck me.”

    -One of my favorite bits from the Vicar of Dibley … using the word Duck. LOL!

  • June 26, 2008 at 12:58 pm

    Susan – I know exactly what you mean. Trevor would NOT speak without a few – all right, a lot – of well placed *ducks*

    Amy – LMAO – I love Vicar of Dibley, but I don’t remember that scene – which one was episode was it in? Is it on DVD do you know? I’ve never checked. (And don’t the British have a real sense of how to be naughty without actually being but leaving it up to the viewers imagination?)

  • June 26, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    LOL – LOVE IT!
    I let the occassional DUCK fly – for the same reason as you. It fits and it feels good.
    I have NEVER heard my husband swear. (weird, eh?)
    And I loved that my Gabriel from Law of Averages used the Duck-word liberally. It’s twisted, I know, but it’s one of the things I loved about him 🙂

  • June 27, 2008 at 6:40 am

    Wylie – Gizmo Guy doesn’t swear either (well, not within my hearing anyway) except for when he’s driving – and then he’s a lot tamer than anything I would use. Usually then he resorts to the A-H word. I’ve rarely heard him use a word rhyming with duck. He’ll stop before saying it and then I’ll ‘fill in the blank’ and he’ll throw up his hands and say “I was trying NOT to say that!”

  • June 27, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    My DH curses, but it’s his job.

    He works on a LOT of construction sites.

    So when he gets frustrated Ducks, Geese, Organgutangs fly out over the place.

    But, when I first met him in college, no he didn’t swear.

    But if he’s talking normally there’s no swearing. Just when he’s angry.

  • June 27, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    i think the words have lost meaning because they are used so loosley…..its not like it use to be

  • June 27, 2008 at 6:02 pm

    My mother used to hate crap. Hate it.

    CFM didn’t cuss for a long time, now when he does it’s in a very half hearted fashion that lacks authority.

  • June 28, 2008 at 2:32 pm

    I like to say duck occasionally. Sometimes there are situations where only duck will do.

    LOL Amy – I love the Vicar of Dibley. I’ve seen most of them but don’t remember the duck one. 🙂

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