••••Warning this Afternoon Inquisition is probably NSFW. But there could be a prize if you participate!•••••
Many of you read the post by Rebecca a few weeks back where she did a summary of some of the rude things that people have said to her. Many of us are familiar with being called names and many of us, myself included, are guilty of calling other people names as well. Personally, I am quite fond of the word, bitch. It is a word that seems to seamlessly insert itself into my vocabulary on a regular basis.
Don’t be such a bitch.
Where my bitches at?
We out, bitches.
Stop being such a little bitch.
It is a word in my regular rotation. Or it was a word in my rotation until commenter, natalie1984 posted this in the thread on Rebecca’s post:
You know what?
That is some serious shit right there.
I had never really analyzed the fact that so many insults were gendered specifically female and that I was part of the problem and the more I thought about it the more I realized that I should do something about it.
So I came up with what I think is the perfect gender neutral swear word.
Allow me to introduce you to Surly Amy’s new favorite word:
No really! Think about it. It’s perfect! We all have crotches.
Also, the word crotchety already exists and has a negative, cranky, one might even say surly connotation. From the online Merriam-Webster dictionary:
All we have to do is dump the ageism associated with crotchety and I think we can easily do that by truly embracing crotch.
Now I need your help to get this gender friendly word off the ground! Please start substituting the word crotch for other swear or “curse” words used in moments of anger or in excitement directed at men, women, friends and inanimate objects alike. Allow me to give you some examples:
Where my crotches at?
That was a crotchen’ Camaro.
Stop being such a crotch.
Now it’s your turn. Post in the comments your best attempt at using crotch in a sentence. I encourage you to post on twitter using the hastag #crotch. Elyse and I will pick the best usage of crotch in a sentence this time next week and announce a winner. The winner will recieve a free Surly necklace and our respect. Or, if you just can’t stand my idea please come up with a better non-gender specific swear word we can use and if it’s good we will try to work it into the common slang!
Take it away crotches!