Tuesday, 25 January 2011

The king's swearing

H8: "Mum, was it The King's Speech you went to see last night?"

Me: "Yes it was. Why?"

H8: "Because it's on Newsround. It's got 12 nominations!" (Pause while she gives me her best impressed expression.) "What age is it?"

Me: "Fifteen, I think, because of all the swearing."

H8: "Oh." (Thinks.) "Like what?"

Me: "I'm not going to teach you how to swear! That's for you to learn in the playground at school. Anyway you've heard most of the words before. (Daddy says them.) I'm not going to tell you what they are." (And I'm hoping to drink this cup of coffee before it gets icebergs and polar bears in it.)

H8: "Snigger. Has it got the F-word in it? I don't know the F-word." (Clearly she does.)

Me: "Yes it has, lots and lots." (And very funny it is too. Snigger.)

H8: "I say bloody a lot. Bloody hell! Bloody BLOODY hell!" (Snigger.)

Me: "It's not very ladylike to swear. I don't do it." (I've slipped into my Margo Leadbetter voice again. And she knows darned well that I swear. I say bugger.)

H8: "Sometimes I say beep."

Me: "It's usually best to think of something other than a swear word."

H8: "Snigger."


  1. Indeed! My word of choice is 'bobbins' and Nipper wanders about saying 'oh bonkers'!

  2. You shouldn't swear; it sounds like Hell. Cut the crap; clean up your act.

    Oh dear; that wasn't very lady-like, was it? I'm a Lady, so I suppose I should behave like one. Enough of all this manure.

  3. Looks like they're editing this for American audiences because they want families to see it. Guess I'll wait for the unedited version. I say pooh a lot and only in dire straits use something worse. When I was younger I was worse though, my mother despaired.

  4. It never occurred to me that there would be swearing in it. I can't wait to see this film, it sounds so good.

    I remember my daughter asking me what the worst swear word was and not understanding why I wouldn't tell it to her.

  5. Very like the conversations we have over here at The Larches. Beautifully captured.

    I love to read your blog and for that reason I've listed you as an award winner on my blog... swing by sometime and pick it up.


I am sorry to have to add word verification thing again but I keep getting spammed.