During my wonderful job, not only do I get to do a whole lot of writing, but I basically get to “window” shop for 8 hours a day. (Note: I’m a copywriter). For example, I just finished writing about about mattresses yesterday. My gosh… It was incredibly torturous to be so far away from my bed while I wrote about plush pillowtop mattresses, but then writing about mattresses that are better than mine sucked too. When I came home from work, I didn’t know if I wanted to finally curl up in bed or throw the smelly thing out my window.
Anyway, about a month ago, I was writing the copy that will appear on the customer reviews pages on the website. One of these page was, thankfully, books. More specifically in this situation, I was working on children’s books. In order to write my 200-word blurbs on what customers will find on our pages and in our reviews, I browsed to see what specific products and brands we carry. So for these children’s books, I came across a series that… well… made me question the creative minds of publishers and people in general:
Now, I’m all for education, expanding vocabularies and learning how to rhyme, but seriously?
Let’s come up with a list of kid friendly -uck words:
duck, pluck, stuck, truck, luck, muck, struck, buck, chuck, tuck, puck, pluck, yuck. (Did I miss any?)
Why? WHY, I ask. And I ask while I shake my fists in frustrated disbelief.
There are only so many G-rated -uck words before kids figure out the BIG ONE. Kids are smarter than you think, and I think adults forget that. They’ll test out every letter of the alphabet and every sound they know when you set them up with a big chunk of the word like “-uck” or “-it.” (And yes, there is a book titled The -it Word Family). Why beat around the bush, huh? Let’s start ’em young, shall we? I mean, obviously there are a lot of factors that go into children learning inappropriate or curse words but c’mon. You have to agree that this is pretty much spoon-feeding it to them.
What else could I possible say about this except to ask, does this really exist in our world?
Yes. Yes, it does.
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