My eldest son Alex is on summer break starting this week. With him in the house, we expect increased electricity charges, what with the desktop and his laptop always on and his gadgets always charging. Morevoer, with the summer heat bearing on us during the day, it’s always a temptation for him to turn on the airconditioning. Yesterday, it wasn’t enough that he had two electric fans blowing air at him; he hounded me all morning to turn on the airconditioning in the family room. Ever mindful of our budget, I kept saying ‘No.”
A couple of hours later, the boy wasn’t ready to give up.
Mama: Alex, do you want to try these chocolate truffles? They’re yummy!
Alex: Only if you turn on the airconditioning. Mama, it’s hot! *grumbles*
Mama: For the nth time, son, I said NO!
Alex: (muttering under his breath) Dammit, it’s so hot!
Mama: (eyebrows rising) What did you just say?
Alex: Uhm…ehr… I said “damit!” Clothes, Mama! I really should change my shirt. (giggles softly)
Mama: ??? *mental machine whirring, processing slowly*
Alex: (whispering to himself) Good job, Alex! You got out of that one, whew!
Mama: *throws box of chocolates at son’s head*
What should I do to a potty-mouthed kid? I think I ought to keep this one handy from now on, just in case.
A Quick Lesson:
Dammit (damə̇t)- an interjection used to express irritation, contempt and anger; a contraction of “Damn it!”
Damit (dam´it)- clothing or dress in Filipino (Tagalog)