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Swearing off Swearing for Lent

This year for Lent, I’m giving up swearing.  If you know me, you know this will be a challenging 40 days.  If you don’t, I submit for you Exhibit #1: Hubby.

Exhibit #2: Twitter

@SusanTran – It came to me – finally! For Lent I’m giving up swearing. If you know me well, you know this will be an interesting 40 days!

@TiffanyMWright @susantran I wish you luck- but unfortunately it’s part of your daily vocabulary. But best of luck!

I’m giving up cursing for two reasons.  First, we have some little people who are on the cusp of learning to talk.  I’m around my friends’ children, Gianna and Ashton, quite often.  I think it would be frowned upon if their first words were “beep” and “bleep beep!”

The second reason, I always give up something for Lent.  Well since 2001, I’ve been forgoing something I enjoy.  It started that spring when I went to visit hubby’s (then-fiance) grandmother.  Mema was 93.   She didn’t care if you were black, white, or purple, so long as you were Catholic.  Born and raised Buddhist, I sensed a problem.  I really wanted Mema to like and accept me.  It was during the Lenten season when I first met her and my opening line was, “Guess what I’m giving up for Lent?  Shopping.”  Problem solved.  I didn’t lie, she didn’t question and I’ve been giving up something for Lent ever since. 

I plan on being successful at this endeavor.  So I’ve thought about some replacement words:  Fudgesicle! Poop! Darn! Gee whiz! Pumpkin! Almadinger! Bunkle! Potstick! Shazam! Costume! Cotton! Sugar muffin! Golly! Fluffer gizzard! Pickle! Stinker! And an oldie but goody – Gosh willikers!!!  I wanted to feel more comfortable about having more options, so I visited my friends at Paper Skyscraper and Uptown Magazine for ideas.

Listen, it’s 40 days and nights.  So if you could do me a solid and leave me a comment or tweet me some more replacement words, I’d love you for it!

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17 Responses to “Swearing off Swearing for Lent”

  1. Jules says:

    As the mother of one of the impressionable children you are referring to, I thank you for your efforts and good intentions. However, I don’t believe for a second that you’ll be successful. In fact, I think you’re cursing “F*** YOU JULES!” at the screen as you’re reading this comment.

    I am having a really hard time cleaning up my mouth around my daughter. I don’t have any good replacement words. My strategy so far has been to stop mid-swear and bit my lip to prevent the whole swear from coming out. Such as, “MOTHER —bite—!!!!” “SON OF A —bite—” “God D—bite—”

    Its working so far, but I don’t think its a good thing for Gianna to know half of a variety of curse words either, so i should probably come up with a new strategy.

    Have a great day, you piece of —bite—.

    :)

  2. Steve says:

    Hey Susan – good for you! But stay away from the wine, the F-bombs become a lot more frequent.

  3. Katie says:

    I want a list of what is off limits, so I can monitor you more closely on this effort.

  4. Katie Rut. says:

    my father is a fan of “crimane” pronounced CRY-MUH-NEE, the longer you draw it out the better :) It seems to work for him.
    hope that helps.

  5. your sister-in-law says:

    I can’t believe you gave up swearing for Lent. WTF?!!! It’s been 2 days…how are you doing?

  6. Becky says:

    my personal fav is “blasted!”

  7. E says:

    Hi my favorite Aunt Susan. How’s that working out for you?

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