Want to Be Hot? — I Hope Not

Words and Definition“Oh, Be Careful Little Mouth What You Say…”

Seems our culture has gotten a lot less careful about a lot of things, especially things regarding sexuality.

  • TV programs air things today that years ago would have been relegated to R-rated movie theaters — or worse!
  • Magazine covers are so lewd that I cringe whenever going through the check-out line, which–thanks to our garden, our CSA, our co-op, and the fact that I make almost everything from scratch (including coconut milk, chocolate chips and foaming soap)–I rarely grace with my presence anymore.
  • Clothing has gotten so outlandish that it is even hard to shop in even the most conservative at stores, and I struggle with what my husband and sons end up looking at, even at church.

But what about our words?

Language reflects a great deal about who we are.

I think that, as Christians (and moral persons of every religious persuasion), we need to be careful what we say and think more carefully about what our words mean rather than just pick up what the culture is using and adopt it as our own.

To quote one of my husband’s colleagues, John Leonard (a Milton scholar), “The corrupting of innocence begins with a corrupting of language.”

So true!

Now I already was concerned and uncomfortable whenever I heard words like 

  • “scr*w”
  • “s*cks” and
  • “bl*ws” make their way into mainstream speech.  I know, it probably seems strange to you that I am putting the “modesty asterisks” in there, but I just can’t help it.  Knowing what their original meaning is, it really grosses me out to type them and well, my 10 year old often reads my posts, so I’d rather keep him a bit more innocent for a while longer :-).

More recently, however, I have been increasingly discouraged to hear this newcomer in our common everyday speech.

The word “hottie.”

Please come over to Modern Alternative Mama for the rest of my thoughts on Sexuality and Speech.

And if you have a moment, I’d love it if you dropped back over here to tell me your thoughts as I can read comments, but cannot interact with readers over there :-).

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Shared at Biblical Womanhood Friday.


 

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  1. I just wanted to thank you for this article! It’s so encouraging to read this at a blog for good food and health. We have always taught these things to our 4 homeschooled children (20yob, 16yog,15yob,12yog) but another group of slang words we make sure to not use are, “wicked”, “sic”, etc. To call something that is neat or cool “wicked” is to desensitize what is truely wicked. I think of the verse in Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; Who put darkness for light, and light for darkness; Who put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”.
    Blessings,
    Tracy

    • Tracy,
      Thank you so much for your comment. That means a lot. I have been thinking and praying about the direction of my blog. I have gotten some advice to “streamline” my blog to encompass just food and health topics, but I still long to write posts on autism and sometimes more spiritual / reflective posts. So I need to think about it more. I want my blog to be information that all people can use – not just those who agree with my thinking about other issues, but I do wish to share my thoughts on other issues as well, and I don’t think I have time for another blog :-). Maybe in time.