WOW Word-Of-the-Week #76: Naughty

May 12, 2009 by  

Naughty – violating accepted standards of good taste or polite behavior.


It’s that time of year again! “You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why…”

As I am writing this, Christmas music is abounding from the radio. Does this word make you smile like it does me? First of all, the only time I remember hearing it was around Christmas time. And second, it’s one of those words that just sounds funny when you hear or say it.

To me, using the word naughty is a playful way of saying someone is bad. Not really bad, just kind of bad. A fun bad! I saw a sign for sale in a card shop that read,

“You are a
Naughty Boy, go to

I have to tell you, I just cracked up when I saw it.

And so, this week’s reminder is, “He sees you when you’re sleeping, he knows if you’re awake, he knows if you’ve been bad or good, so be good for goodness sake…”

Reader Responses

“There are words we can have fun with and NAUGHTY is one of those. It is easy to take ourselves way too seriously, especially in the business world. So, it is nice to have some fun with a word that can be used harmlessly. Nice choice.” — Joe Moran