Monday, February 11, 2008

Bad WORD or BAD Word?

OK, help me settle a monetary-less bet. When talking about words one shouldn't say, do you call them bad WORDS or BAD words (capital letters implies emphasis)? A teammate of mine (who shall remain nameless) thinks my kids pronounce it wrong. How do you say it?

8 comments:

Brian Rotert said...

Duh! It's bad WORD.

Amy Storms said...

We say profanity. Expletives. Just kidding.

You know, I think I say bad WORD. Which doesn't make sense, really, because shouldn't the emphasis be on the adjective? What kind of a word...a BAD word. :) But I'm pretty sure I say, "That's a bad WORD."

Question: are these bad WORDS in Italian or English? MK's have bilingual potty mouths.

Anonymous said...

Better ask Mar-"cus".

Heather said...

totally BAD word. what is everyone talking about? we say words all the time, it's because they're BAD that we don't want them to say it.

Karl said...

Sorry, but I'm pretty sure it's "BAD word". And one of the guys agrees with me.

Andy said...

There are no bad WORDS, just bad PEOPLE. (I think that's in the Bible...)

SQJTaipei said...

髒話就好

Zachariah Wiedeman said...

Well, I have a very unpopular opinion on this... =oÞ

Neither is the correct option.

There's no such thing as a BAD word or a bad WORD. Words - the joining of certain sounds or letters - aren't inherently bad. If a euphemism is acceptable to say, then the meaning of the word can't bad either...

Words are only "bad" because someone told you they were. If no one imbued certain specific words with a "bad" meaning to you then you would never consider them bad or offensive. Stop the never ending circle... Don't tell anyone about "bad" words, and you will strip them of their "badness" so... if everyone does their part, after enough time, we'll live in a "bad word" free society. *wink*