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“Feh (interj.): Indicates disapproval or displeasure: Feh, don't touch that dirty thing.”
This Yiddish word was emblazoned into my brain at a very early age; my mother said it constantly so my brother and I would not put random non-food items into our mouths. She even claims that it was my brother’s first word… she must have said it a lot!!
As you can see by the definition, it is the perfect, most concise way to say, “Don’t even think of putting that gross piece of **** in your mouth!!!!” I mean it’s even an “interjection”, an exclamation by definition; “The part of speech that usually expresses emotion and is capable of standing alone.” Yes, when said with the correct prosidy it can stop Man’s hand in midair on the way to his mouth. Of course, this doesn’t mean he finds a way to sneak it in there when I turn my back for a split second! I can see it now, Man with a piece of dog food in his mouth… “FEH!” Man with the dog’s chew toy in his mouth… “FEH!” Man with the dog’s tail in his mouth… “FEH!” You see where I’m going with this.
It’s better than saying, “NO!” Don’t the “experts” say we should use terms like “danger, stop, and hot” to stop our little ones from getting into trouble? This helps to give discipline a more positive spin. Saying “no” too much appears to be bad for the long term mental health of the child (and to give him one more thing to complain about in therapy sessions). I can understand why: “No” is a powerful term; it is absolute. Isn’t it better to teach our children the reason why we might say no, as opposed to just giving the command and expecting them to follow it without question? I know when I was a kid if I heard “No” it really meant, “let’s do it anyway and in a bigger and more audacious manner!!!”
Hang on. Gotta go. Man’s licking the bottom of the birdcage. FEH!
Share some of your alternatives to, “NO”!