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It’s not the most important thing about being a U.S. Marine, but it is undeniably a thing: You’re likely to hear and say the word “fuck.” A lot. And if we’re being honest, the same goes for journalists. So when journalist and former Marine James LaPorta became a dad, and his kid started talking, he had to start worrying about what his son would pick up.
It’s hard not to laugh, and even LaPorta himself can’t totally keep it in, but he told the Huffington Post he’s been trying hard to rein in his language in front of his son Joel. Transitioning from the adult world to parenthood is hard, though, and it seems a lot of other parents can relate. LaPorta’s video has been shared thousands of times on Twitter, and sympathetic moms and dads have replied with sympathy and advice. LaPorta might want to consider “Fudge!” in the future.
You might want to choose a one-syllable word. My stepmom used to say fudge. So you can still change direction mid word. That's pretty useful
— bebe neben (@bebenebend) September 28, 2017
But it sounds like he’s going to give a less common option a spin:
I had to rein in the vocabulary too. "Buckets" was my replacement.
— Brian McCarthy (@BC_McCarthy) September 28, 2017
Aww, buckets! This is going to be a tough habit to break.
Jay Hathaway is a former senior writer who specialized in internet memes and weird online culture. He previously served as the Daily Dot’s news editor, was a staff writer at Gawker, and edited the classic websites Urlesque and Download Squad. His work has also appeared on nymag.com, suicidegirls.com, and the Morning News.