Rita is Back

That Awful Four-Letter Word That I Won’t Use

Posted in Wordplay by ritaisback on November 23, 2009

I love the English language.  I love to read.  I love to write.  Words are things.  I have touched upon this in the long-ago:  in the Hebrew language, the word “devarim” means either “words” or “things.”  There is such richness in the words we use.  We can use them to flatter, insult, tell a truth, tell a lie, spread a rumor, write a love poem, write somebody off.  Yet there is one word in the English language that I will NOT utter.  To me, it is the most vulgar of words.  It should be removed from the lexicon forever, as it is useless.  Of course, it is also a four-letter word.  And if you know anything about me, you know that this is the one word that I have never uttered.  

You all know the word.  It starts with a “c” and ends with an “n” and a “t.”  Are you with me now?  Yes, I knew you would be.  Why would anybody in their right mind ever use such a word?  It is totally inglorious.  It conveys filth.  When this word is used, it is, to me, the ultimate of ugly.  It is the only word that I can think of that makes the utterrer even worse than it’s intended victim. 

Here we are in a world of things flying by at wharp speed.  If  it happens, you will see it.  In the blink of an eye, words and images scatter around the internet.   We worry over our finances, argue about politics and religion, hope for our future and on and on it goes.  We go to other blogs, write comments, hope that perhaps somebody will be interested in what we are saying.  All of those fancy, frilly, lovely pages designed by males with multiple writing tools or women with worthiness.  Still, it is the words that matter.  I do not care if I have a beautiful blog.  I care only that the words are chosen carefully.  Is that too little to ask?  Too much?  I don’t care what my ratings are or if anybody wants to advertise with me.  These are my words.  I love my words.  I try so hard to choose them carefully, albeit not always successfully.  (Oh, we all know that, don’t we?)  And each few days when I care to craft a story, raise a rant, offer to opine, it would be delightful if you would visit my words and let me know what you think of them.  You can agree, disagree or say nothing.  These are my words.

Please, people:  don’t ever use that horrible, awful four-letter word here.  And if I slip even once,  please be gracious and understand that underlying my words is a humble human being.  A human being who will never, ever utter that one four-letter word that reeks of obscenity and inability.  That curse on the English language; the scourge of the soul.  I beseech you.  Please do not ever let me utter that word and do not utter it on my site. 

Rita is back.  This time I think I shall stick around a bit.  This time, I have no “editor,” nor a “partner.”  It is merely me.  I want to wish you all a wonderful, happy Thanksgiving (for those who celebrate it).   For those of you who have never read my words, I will give you a gift.  One time.  I will write the word that should be blasted to oblivion for all time:  CAN’T.

Did you think I meant something else?


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  1. Shelly Lieff said, on November 23, 2009 at 3:04 pm

    Just Brilliant!!

  2. ritaisback said, on November 23, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you will have an awesome holiday and will visit with me again soon.

  3. Cath Lawson said, on November 24, 2009 at 1:57 am

    Hi Rita – That was awesome. I especially love this bit: “designed by males with multiple writing tools or women with worthiness.”

    I knew your story had to have a twist and I also hate that C word – especially when someone else is telling me I C.NT.

    Welcome back to blogging – I missed your words and I’m looking forward to reading more.

  4. ritaisback said, on November 24, 2009 at 3:49 am

    Thanks so much for coming to visit. Your words of kindness and support mean a lot to me. It is good to be back and I hope you’ll come back and visit. You know me too well: of course nothing is ever as it seems in my little world. 🙂

  5. Cath Lawson said, on November 24, 2009 at 4:14 am

    Rita – I’ll be back to visit all the time. You need one of those little widgets so folk can subscribe by RSS and add you to Google Reader or whatever. Have you got one in your control panel? If not, I’ll try to find you a plugin or something.

  6. ritaisback said, on November 24, 2009 at 4:30 am

    Thanks, Cath. At this point I’m driving blind and any help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!

  7. Michael Stern said, on November 24, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    Great News: Rita’s Back! Better News: Rita’s Front!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Though I have a different take on the word in question, what a great, amusing, inspiring read. Does this imply that the other c–t word is fair game?
    In any case, I want more, more, more…..I shall return!

  8. ritaisback said, on November 25, 2009 at 12:23 am

    Welcome and thanks for the kind words – and the flattery! Though I am thrilled that you commented – and that you will be coming back, I have absolutely NO idea about the word to which you refer. OH, now I get it: cent. Yes, you may certainly use that word here any time you wish. 🙂

  9. feefifoto said, on November 30, 2009 at 12:22 am

    I thought it was CULT. Or possibly COAT.

  10. ritaisback said, on November 30, 2009 at 1:58 am

    MY FEEFIFOTO FRIEND! How lovely of you to find me again. Cult works, as does coat. I have used the OED and come up with close to 60 words that would fit. Leave it to you to keep it simple and correct. I will be visiting with you shortly.

  11. feefifoto said, on November 30, 2009 at 3:04 am

    Ooooh, a challenge! Let’s see:

    cast, cant (the other kind), cart, celt, cert, colt, coot, cost, curt — not bad, I guess, off the top of my head.

    What brings you back to the bloggerhood?

  12. ritaisback said, on November 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

    Insanity. 🙂 Also, I have learned a LOT in the past year and one of the things that I discovered is that I missed writing – and my visits from friends. That is one impressive list you put together! Is it any wonder that you produced the kids you did? You are one smart mama.

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