I’m a big fan of English grammar. I like that we have words that are very specific and descriptive but I also understand how a swear can be equally as effective and far more efficient at communicating the same sentiment. At the weekend I was at a kiddie’s party talking to my sister and her friend, a mother of a child there. She was talking about a little boy who was noticeably ‘obstreperous’ and had caused a great deal of frustration at a previous party. ‘Obstreperous’ is one of these words, albeit specifically descriptive isn’t very efficient. I prefer to be a little less descriptive and increase the description with efficiency. A ‘Little Prick’ is a better description of an ‘Obstreperous’ child, and a little more liberating too.
Anyway, I didn’t encounter any ‘little pricks’ today, just a bunch of happy children.