From feminine hygiene to universal insult, douchebag hits the mainstream.
Momlogic's Momstrosity: Raise your hand if you or anyone you know has ever douched. OK, now, have you or anyone you know recently referred to someone as a douche or a douchebag? Ahh, now I see those hands!
Most of us were taught in Health Ed that douching was an unnecessary
and archaic form of feminine hygiene. Then at one point, some say in
the early '70s, the douche began its new career as an insult -- usually to
describe ineffectual men. Similar to "a**hole," but with a pathetic slant, "douche" has been taking the nation by storm. This past month, the derogatory word hit
the pinnacle of popularity thanks to Jon "F-List" Gosselin. A search for the father of eight's name accompanied by the word "douche" garnered a whopping 150,000 results. That's a whole lotta Summer's Eve.
How did this happen? How can you tell when a previously deemed "dirty"
word has suddenly hit the "clean" mainstream? When it shows up on
national television, of course. According to the New York Times, the formerly hygienic word has been uttered 76 times -- just this year -- on 26 prime-time TV shows. With that kind of media blitz, it's only a matter of time before
parents nationwide will be asked this pressing question: "Mommy, what's
Wow. Have we really come so far from
Rhett scandalously telling Scarlett off using the word "damn" to "Frankly,
Scarlett, you're a douchebag?
The thing is, the word "douche," which means shower in French, isn't inherently a profane word. It's rather clean, actually. It's the addition of "bag" that gives it that nasty kick into the realm of foul language. But here's the real test -- would you say it in front of your kids?