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#Resound11: Catch Phrase
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Prompt 8 – Catch Phrase: What’s your trademark phrase? Not sure? How about a quote or saying that you repeat often? Bonus points if it’s new for 2011, but we won’t be upset if it’s been around longer than that. Try to put it in context for us if it’s a little abstract.

“What the f—…”

C’mon. We all say it. Unless you’re Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar.

Listen, I’m not going to pretend that I don’t swear, or that I don’t get stressed, or that I don’t want to throw things out the window occasionally. I have some issues with venting my frustration at the world, and especially at the things that I think should “work” when they just don’t. It’s a work in progress, I’ll admit. I’ve tried yoga and meditation, and those things are great. Thinking positively? Yes, wonderful. I agree. But sometimes, I just need to say “what the f—” to really express what’s inside. Such as:

To express my anger: “WHAT THE F—?!”

To express my disbelief: “What. The. F—.” (the longer the pauses–or more periods when written–the greater the disbelief)

To express fear or when scared: “What the f—?” (said in a whisper, usually when watching TV or a movie, or reading a book)

To express excitement: “What the f—!” (usually interchanged with my expression of disbelief, depending on the situation or physical environment)

To express my disdain: “What the f—.” (said flatly)

To express my confusion: “What the f—?”

Over text: wtf

When feeling punchy, in person: “W. T. F.”

To express my surprise: “Holy sh*t!” (ok, it’s not always “What the f—“)

See, there’s many ways this can be said, which is why it can fit within a number of contexts.

I’m not saying I have the best reactions to things. In fact, my reactions usually get in me trouble. Maybe that’s why I adopted this phrase. Rather than saying something that will send me straight to the dog house, a universal phrase with facial and tonal differentiators can get your point across without likely offending someone (note, I said “likely”).

Sometimes you just need to let it out. And, to me, there’s no better way to do that at times than to say really bad words really loudly. Of course, just mind the company you’re around.

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