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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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