Wednesday, January 28, 2009

WARNING! Don't read if certain words offend you.


It’s always fascinated me that certain groupings of the alphabet have such poor public relations and marketing. Those same letters rearranged or with different associates are totally acceptable.

Take the letters T, I, H, and S for example. Perfectly good letters. Very acceptable. Found in such words as “hysteria” (I got no problem with that word. Do you?), “history” (Again, a no problem word. Agreed?), and “thinks” (Doesn’t offend me. How about you?).

Even by themselves, these letters rearranged in the word “this” are innocuous, but place them in a certain order and you’ve got a word with a bad reputation.

And it’s not the meaning of the word that gives it a bad rep because I can say the word “poop” and no one cares. I say the T, I, H, and S word and people look at this white-haired, old lady with disgust. What’s up with that?

So I’m thinking of the letters U, K, C, S, and F. Again, very acceptable letters. No, I can’t think of another word that employs all those letters either but I can think of a sentence: From under the counter Kevin saw the gun. No, I don't know what Kevin was doing under the counter but you didn’t care if I said that, did you? You’d care if I took away a bunch of those letters though.

I wonder who’s in charge of alphabetical PR.

12 comments:

  1. Do you want the job? You could be the alphabetic IT woman.

    Great picture! Is that in your house? I especially like the "M". I've got "G's".

    -FringeGirl

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  2. GringeFirl, I have too much dyslexia for that job! The photo is part of my current mantel junk. Like you, I transport my junk room to room as the mood hits me. Renee gave me the M; Sue gave me the swan/duck/bird; the rope is enough to hang myself when I step too far over the blogline!

    The Texas Woman

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  3. I don't know about all those letters you're talking about...I am too enamored by the "M" to pay attention. When you get sick of that letter, you know where to find Me! ~Mindy

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  4. Well, sh*t. They sure as f**k didn't ask me to take that job! What's with that?

    :) Malisa

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  5. When I'm done with it, Mindy. When I'm done!

    You, Malisa, are my kind of woman...but without the asterisks!

    The Texas Woman

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  6. I'm imagining Kevin was doing the first and saying the second when he saw the gun! Go take a look at Cake Wreck's post today and see if it reminds of you anyone or group of anyones. It knocked me out! Tn'T

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  7. I suspect the explosion of text messaging has given the language a lot of 'creative' acronyms
    and alphabetisms. Being pretty much technically
    dysfunctional, I wouldn't know what they were!

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  8. where do you get the ideas for things to blog about? I am just to the picture stage.
    Your idealess friend.
    Hope you are better by the weekend and the weather warmer, if you catch my drift.

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  9. Basecue as Rsuh Lugibmah aywlas syas "Wrdos maen tgnhis." Dniggig the Cdanaa Gosoe doecy thugoh!

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  10. Okay, David, that's just plain mean. It's making me dizzy!

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  11. At 72 years old, most of those words would be foreign to me and of course I NEVER would use them myself (great big HA inserted here). The first time I used the "F" word I was around 13, that's about 60 years ago...and... With three grandchildren ages 24, 22 and 21, I seem to hear them more than I need to tho.

    David..."decoy" had me going...

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  12. Just go listen to Breastney Spears new song.:;)

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