The creative lesson of “whale dung!”

November 23, 2009 — Leave a comment

My dad was brilliant at swearing angrily without using the g0-to curse words. He could make “whale dung!” feel worse than any expletive. We kids would quake when hearing that stuff, not thinking for a minute that he was making up his own vocabulary. It took until I was about 16 before I realized all dads didn’t talk this way.

What’s the lesson? There are more creative, more memorable ways to do almost anything. Even swearing.

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