So I was recently telling you all a story about June using less than appropriate language. As it turns out, it is easier than you think to stumble across derogatory words. I myself do not have a very extensive vocabulary when it comes to expletives. I didn't grow up in a house with swearing and I haven't had many associates who use dirty language. Oh and I'm not a guy (I think they are exposed more often to that type of language--although I have heard of plenty of women who can swear like a sailor). Needless to say, I don't know too many of the 'bad' words except the ones most commonly used.
To my chagrin, nowadays seemingly harmless words can end up having a negative meaning, depending on what company you are with. Let me tell you my experience and see if you can spot the offender.
There is a new show on PBS called Sid the Science Kid. My children enjoy watching it and they have been getting to know the characters. There is a little girl with pink hair named Gabriella. Robyn couldn't quite remember the name so she decided that a much better name for her would be Pinko. I thought it was a cute little name, so even when June would argue that her name was Gabriella, I would side with Robyn and call her Pinko.
Well, Tyler happened to be in the car for one of these conversations. June said something like, "It reminds me of what Gabriella did." And I said, "NO, it's PINKO!" to which Robyn giggled and Tyler said, "I can't believe you just said that."
"What? What did I say?"
"Don't you know what Pinko means?"
"Obviously not or would I have just yelled it?"
Turns out Pinko is (how did Tyler put it) kinda like calling someone a Commie. The official definition is this:
Pinko is a derogatory term for a person regarded as sympathetic to Communism, though not necessarily a Communist Party member. The term has its origins in the notion that pink is a lighter shade of red, the color associated with communism; thus pink could be thought of as a "lighter form of communism" promoted by mere supporters of socialism who weren't, themselves, "card-carrying" communists.
Anyway, I had no clue. It sounded like a harmless word to me. So adults are able to mistakenly say inappropriate words as well as children. I'm sure there is much worse I could have said, but I'll try to restrain myself from yelling Pinko in public. And if you didn't know about that word, perhaps I have saved you some embarrassment in the future as well.