Growing up I was taught by my parents that people who swear are really just showing their ignorance of the English language as well as their own general ignorance.   Also in those days, my older brother Ian taught me that the short school bus was more correctly referred to as the “retardo bus.”   Vastly different sources and motivation,  but both life lessons that have carried through the years.

I remember that if I feel like swearing, then I need to pause, take a look at my situation and choose a better option.  I also remember that Jeanne, who suffered severe scoliosis (I think) as a young child grew up to become an active and intelligent cheerleader in high school.  I’d  guess that she remembers those, my brother included, who referred to her as an “R” because she rode the “R-bus.”    I wonder if any of those guys had the nerve to ask her out?

Fast forwarding to 2010 I see that those life lessons are still true.

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel apologized to the head of the Special Olympics today after the Wall Street Journal reported the fiery Chicagoan privately called a group of liberal activists “f—ing retarded.”


Today, just as much as yesterday, people who swear and name call are still showing their ignorance and in this case it is also says a little about the president who appointed a person of this character as their White House chief of staff.

Oh, and here’s an off color audio clip that oft pops in my head when I run into someone who cannot help themselves, but to use of the “F” word.

Fair Warning: Don’t hit play unless you are an adult who has heard the word before and isn’t afraid to hear it again.

the amazing f word

Does that help identify the quality of Rahm Emanuel’s character?  or a close friend of yours?  or yourself perhaps?