This So-Called Post-Post-Racial Life

April 10, 2009

Old School Friday: What Mama Doesn’t Know

Filed under: Old School Friday — Tags: , — pprscribe @ 11:11 am

“If My Mama Only Knew”…

Growing up, we did not cuss in our home. We could say darn and an occasional dang. Heck was fine. That was about it, though. No b-word. No hell, even, unless we were having a theological discussion about where folks go after they die if they have been bad. The word that means doo-doo and rhymes with bit better not have ever left our mouths no matter how heavy the iron skillet that just dropped on our big toe. Better not even think the f-word. And the n-word was absotively possilutely verboten.

It wasn’t so much a religious ban, although that was part of it. It was more a respect thing–cursing was seen in my household as disrespectful to those who had to hear your foul mouth. There was also a class striving component, I now realize: cursing like a sailor was low-class and uncouth. The final element against our cursing ban had to do with intelligence and creativity. Surely with all the words in the English language, along with our wonderful minds, we could come up with words to describe and exclaim that we did not fish out of the gutter.

I still have trouble even now in my 40s saying some curse words. Even typing them. Every once in a while a shit or damn will escape my lips while I’m talking to my mother. Afterward I always feel funny, like I’m about to get a talking-to.

So in that spirit, if my mama only knew that in the privacy in my bedroom or driving in my car I belt out curse words from songs like it’s no body’s business? Whew, she would have a gobba-dagged, mugga freakin’ fit!

Anyhoo, these are three of my cursing favs. Please note that they are not clean, radio versions so listen with care. And watch that you do not sing these tunes under your breath for the rest of the day at work.

And please. Do not tell my mama.


“The Bitch is Back” by Elton John

“Sexy M.F.” by Prince

“The Wrong N**** to F*** Wit” by Ice Cube


****Happy Old School Friday! Thanks to hostesses Ms. Marvalus and MrsGrapevine for the good times and good memories.****



  1. Excellent choices! ESPECIALLY Prince!! I think all of his songs fit this category!

    Comment by regina — April 10, 2009 @ 12:47 pm

  2. If my mama had found out even after I was married with children that I liked Prince’s “Sexy MF,” she would have had her a gobba-dagged fit too. I remember the first time I cussed. I was by myself but the guilt washed over me like nobody’s business. LOL.

    I was an Elton John fan also, but didn’t pay too much attention to Ice Cube until he showed up on Law & Order. Happy OSF!

    Comment by Verite Parlant — April 10, 2009 @ 2:05 pm

  3. I so love Prince! It should be a crime…I used to sing that song and giggle.

    OK, I admit it…I still do!

    Comment by Marvalus — April 10, 2009 @ 3:01 pm

  4. My home training must have failed at some point – I enjoy turning a phrase a lot. Well, more than I should. Just last night we were watching Hell’s Kitchen, and my 5 year old wondered, “Why did they name it Hell’s Kitchen?” I thought about the fact that we didn’t say hell in the house, we only talked about not going there at church. Sigh… I think my own guilt comes about from the words my children will probably one day use. My mother still gets surprised to hear her baby turn a phrase…my children however, they don’t seem a bit moved by it at all!

    Oh Fudge!

    Comment by Aimee Laramore — April 10, 2009 @ 4:05 pm

  5. Happy OSF! Ice Cube on Law & Order? Did you mean Ice-T on SVU series? Anyhow, I enjoyed the Prince and Ice Cube songs. Great memories!

    I’m certain that I would never want my mama to hear, see or associate 2 Live Crew with her saintly son!

    peace, Villager

    Comment by Villager — April 10, 2009 @ 4:20 pm

  6. I like this post. We didn’t cuss in my house either. My moms didn’t play. Matter of fact, it was so serious that one day I repeated something I heard someone say and it included, “Bad ass kids” in the story and right after I said it I burst into tears for a good 5 minutes. I was so shocked and scared for cussing in front of my mother. I just KNEW I was going to hell. LOL

    Comment by shaeshae — April 10, 2009 @ 4:23 pm

  7. I for sure didn’t cuss at home, but out with my friends…. Never slipped up at home either. Happy OSF.

    Comment by revvy rev — April 10, 2009 @ 4:43 pm

  8. Thanks, all for dropping by my OSF memories.

    Sounds like several of us had the same mama LOL! Aimee, I have to admit that my own little ones have heard me say a lot more “grown up words” (as we call them) than I ever heard my folks say at home. It got so bad one time my husband just said out loud about a half dozen or so words they might hear us say that they were not to repeat. Afterward, they were stunned–looked like their eyes were gonna pop out of their faces! LOL

    And yes, Prince is the man. Still. Love Lotusflow3r, but his other new one…not so much. (Never even took his protege’s CD out of the case.) I’ve been meaning to post a review…

    Comment by pprscribe — April 10, 2009 @ 6:49 pm

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