My 9-year-old son and his 8-year-old buddy have worked out the meaning—or possible meanings—of the f-word. Here are their guesses:

  1. Go knock your head on a brick wall
  2. Money
  3. Dumb
  4. Shoot

It’s fun to think about what meanings children, as well as adults, consider to be “bad”, and to ask ourselves what we really mean when we say a word… and that in a few years (or less), my son and his friend will probably have the occasion to reevaluate this list.


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