The Art of Soft Cursing – #SoCS

The prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “golly gee.” Use “golly gee” or another interjection that displays the same sentiment in your post. Enjoy!

I remember the first (and probably only) time I was ever slapped in the face by my grandmother

(I’m a quick learner).

We were at her house, and the exact moment of impact is indelibly etched into my memory. I could go to the spot today and put an ‘X‘ on the sidewalk. We’re talking probably 45 years ago here…

The day I learned about “soft cursing”.

“Aw, geez!”


This was a serious slap.

And I had NO IDEA WHY.

APPARENTLY, saying “geez” is the same as taking the Lord’s name in vain (as in “Jesus”… GEEEzus”).

Pardon me for not knowing this before.

Turns out, pretty much ANY word of an interjectory nature is LIKELY a replacement for an expletive:

Darn = Damn
Dang = Damn
Drat = Damn
(lots of things = Damn)
Gee, Geez = Jesus
Shoot = Shit
Gosh = God
Golly = God
Golly Gee = God Jesus (DOUBLY DAMNING, er… darning?)

The only acceptable “curse” in my grandmother’s home was “Horsefeathers”.

Grandpa used it quite a lot.

I get it now.

I totally frickin’ get it.


#SoCS comes from the website of Linda G. Hill.

Here are the rules:

1. Your post must be stream of consciousness writing, meaning no editing (typos can be fixed), and minimal planning on what you’re going to write.

2. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence – one thousand words. Fact, fiction, poetry – it doesn’t matter. Just let the words carry you along until you’re ready to stop.

1 Comment

  1. Ahahaha. I went to gradeschool in Michigan. I didn’t get a face slap but I got a talking to by a teacher. We were to write a short story. I included the exclamation “Geez!” in it. Apparently to the Dutch Reformed public school teacher I was a horrible little child who needed her mouth washed out. Apparently my whole family was unaware that “geez” was “Jesus” and so we were all darned to heck.

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