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By now the f word should be called a disappearing written word…you know the one we should not write but pass on telepathically…fink fink 😉
Quite some time ago Misfits’ Miscellany recommended an excellent book to me about swearing. It charts the rise and fall of what we consider “rude” words. It claims that in America, the word “nigger” is now all but unutterable. While I certainly consider it abusive, it interests me that it has gained such powerful juju. Perhaps it is a national guilt thing…Fuck on the other hand is now a distant third behind cunt. Personally, I think it’s a load of bollocks. 😉
omg that is too too funny
as if we’re not all thinking it by the time we get to. . . “mating”
(I actually used to forbid my children from using any variation, like frick, or flock, because I said it caused the hearer to fill it in with the actual word, so it was just as bad as saying it. Unfortunately, it’s one of my favorite swear words, so it’s not like I was fooling anyone.
And I agree, the c word is so vile it takes places one and two. Or is that not what you meant? :-}
You are so funny…
“The c word”? After admonishing your kids for frick? Or did you mean “conservative”? 🙂
In the US at least “nigger” is still way out in front as number 1.
To be clear in my views: words gain power from the way they’re used rather than any inherent power. As fuck moved from mere descriptive verb to venomous expletive to common usage, it saw a wave of reaction following behind.
Now, it’s falling into the also-ran category and is more common and less shocking.
Cunt still holds some shock value (for now). In the UK it is quite acceptable to call someone a berk. It just means twit, silly person. It’s origin though is “Berkeley Hunt” (Oddly, with US pronunciation)… rhyming slang! Because it’s not used with such venom, it is quite acceptable.
Shudder. Do you kiss your mother with that mouth?
And yeah, the one swear word I just can’t say. Must be the feminist in me, although I don’t have a problem calling a guy who’s acting like a dick, well, a dick. Hmmm. Something to think about.
It’s interesting though, isn’t it? The effect words (even written) can have on us. And then how that effect can be changed through context and re-use, over time? “Fanny” in the US is pretty much the same as “bum”. Please don’t try using it in that context in the UK though. Just sayin’… 😉
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