A slip of the tongue can be a dangerous thing. Yet, who hasn't smashed a finger, stubbed a toe, or been pierced or pricked by the thoughtless sentiments of not-so-gentle souls around them?
These are the moments when indelicate lexicon may leak from our lips. We lose our decorum and end up assaulting the sensibilities of those nearby.
This ought not to be, Careful Reader, and we have a solution.
When composure flags and you find yourself reflexively reaching for unseemly sentiments to spew, simply substitute a character from a beloved book you have read.
Bump your head? Atticus Finch!
Whack your shin? Nurse Ratched!
Down to your last frayed nerve? Ichabod Crane!
Fictional characters brought you satisfaction and joy previously; let them serve you again in your moment of need.