Why The Word “Stupid” Is Forbidden In Our Home

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Okay, the word is not forbidden all the time, but let me explain further.

     In my home there are three classifications of forbidden words.

     The first one involves Exodus 20:7.  Most know it by the King James Version:  Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.

     It involves using God’s name in a derogatory or disrespectful way.  Using God’s name in anyway that is not in worship or calling out to him is using His name disrespectfully.

By the way, did you know that Gee and Geez are disrespectful nicknames for Jesus?  The origin is English in nature and started back in the mid 19th century.

     The second type is the use of vulgar words.  I just see no point in using some words that mean something ugly.

     The third type is the use of disrespectful words toward others.  When my children were younger certain words, particularly “stupid” were outlawed.  They simply were not old enough to distinguish between appropriate use and inappropriate.  As they grew older and wiser, the word was allowed more as long as not against a person.

     You hear people use disrespect towards others all the time.  I do not want my children to grow up thinking such disrespect is okay.


     To allow my children to call each other stupid would set them up for disrespecting others as they grow older.

     The Bible says in Luke 6:31, “Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.”  In 1 Peter 2:17, Peter advises those in his letter to “Show proper respect to everyone, love the family of believers, fear God, honor your leader.”

“Sticks and stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.” This is a lie. What we say matters. The unkind things we communicate can soil the best of relationships; even with the deepest of regrets…what lingers is a stain of hurt that may fade but will never truly go away. The wounding words we say are like feathers released in a harsh wind, once said; we will never get them back. ~Jason Versey”

Were there ever any words in your family you were not allowed to say?  Were there any you wouldn’t let your children say?  Why or why not?


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