MIND YOUR LANGUAGE! The Problem with an Ageing Vocabulary.
Sure, I’d been in trouble before. Like when I broke a cupboard door riding my skateboard in the kitchen. Or the time I got caught forging my Mum’s signature on a note explaining my absence from school. So yes, I’ve known trouble.
But nothing could’ve prepared me for my father’s reaction when, on his retirement, I referred to him as a pensioner. Finally, at the ripe old age of 47, I understood the true meaning of “trouble”.
Sitting on the naughty step, I reflected on my behaviour – well, my language to be precise. What would be a more appropriate word or term to describe my father than “Pensioner”? Fortunately my Smartphone hadn’t been confiscated, so I opened the Thesaurus and went to work.