Daily Prompt: Filthy

via Daily Prompt: Filthy


Filthy. Filthy. Filthy.

Filthy is one of those words that even feels like it’s own meaning when one says it or thinks it. The more you say it out loud, the filthier it sounds.

Filthy. Filthy. Filthy.

Such a judgmental tone filthy has. I have never heard filthy being used in any less than a prejudiced, pretentious, “I am better than you” manner.

Filthy describes someone who picks up our garbage. They are filthy as they pick up the filth we left on the side of the road. They are filthy as they are working hard to provide for their families.

Filthy. Filthy. Filthy.

Filthy describes the hands of the person who changes the oil in your car and rotates your tires. Their hands are filthy, hard, and tired from doing the same, tedious job every day, developing arthritis and severe back problems.

Filthy. Filthy. Filthy.

Filthy describes the homeless person sleeping on the bench. The person with filthy hair and nails. The person who you look on with disdain without knowing their story. Maybe the place they worked at for over 30 years unexpectedly closed their doors. Maybe they are suffering from an undiagnosed and/or untreated mental illness with no way of getting help.

Filthy. Filthy. Filthy.

I find nothing filthier than the word itself. Than the judgements and pretentious thoughts that come to mind following the word.





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