Open the Mucking Door

“Open the mucking door!”

Kalyra pounded on the door, hoping her words of magic would open it. We had been sitting outside in the chilly wind, waiting for someone to come home so we could be let inside. Craig had taken my car keys to work with the house key on it and I was left stranded.

“What did you just say?”

“Open the mucking door!” she replied.

The mucking door? Is she trying to say what I think she’s trying to say?

“Mucking door? What does mucking mean?”

“Umm. I don’t know, just mucking” she shrugged her shoulders.

“Where have you heard that word before?”

She just looked at me with that look trying to work out from my face how she should answer the question.

“I don’t know. It’s just mucking.”

Either my daughter is a genius and knows that she if just replaces the ‘f’ with an ‘m’ she can get away with a pretty unique version of an adults only word…


she has misheard us say fucking for mucking, even though those sounds aren’t really cousins.

I think I’ll take genius. And I think we better be more careful what we say around those clever little perceptive ears of hers.

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  • Mrs M

    Yeah it’s a tricky one. My 10 and 8 year old are dabbling in swearing. 10 year old seems to have curbed her habit but my 8 year old son needs a little more encouraging to stop.

    What bugs me the most is my 5 year old son hears this stuff and I don’t want him to. The plus side is that he knows what swearing is and that kids shouldn’t be doing it. Because everytime my 8 year old swears, his 5 year old brother dobs him in.

    It’s just another inevitable stage.

    Love & stuff
    Mrs M


    • Caz

      I guess when they get to school it makes it much harder to control as well. I am horrified by the language that comes out of my students mouths. They tell each other to f##k of, sometimes the teachers and they call each other c###ts. It is disgusting.


  • MummyK

    Mine said a week ago “stupid fucker” and I knew we slipped up. We said that a lot about a lot of people when we were going through our unemployed months — about the landlord who put the rent up, the agents who forget to call about jobs, our financial adviser ripping us off etc and we never realised she remembered! We’ve stopped, we’re using sugar and pineapple now instead.


    • Caz

      Ha Ha. That is funny. It’s amazing just how they say it in the right context and usually the worst times. We tell Kalyra that it is an adult word and she can’t say it yet. She seems to be satisfied with this and I think it’s why she rarely does swear. She knows that wine, coffee and gum are adult things so I think she happily accepts that some words are on that scale as well.


  • Sociology Student

    I would just like to point out that even though it may seem like a smart replacement. “Mucking” in my opinion is an even worse word then “Fucking”. Mucking is actually a form of taboo that I will not go into detail discribing but if someone overheres your child saying that it could get them into a lot more trouble then if they just outright said the other word.


    • Caz

      I had no idea that mucking was even a word. We are not teaching our daughter that word at all, it was just something that slipped out of her mouth from her mind which is pretty clueless about things like that


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