Thursday, March 30, 2006

Fuck proudly

Being a non-native English speaker, I have always been fascinated by the use of some words in the English language. One of them, and probably my favorite one, is FUCK.

For years, I’ve heard all sorts of urban legends about the origins and meanings of this wonderfully versatile word; the most popular ones being “for unlawful carnal knowledge” and “fornication under consent of the King.”

Most of these theories have been proven to be nothing but myths—as it has been very hard for etymologists to find any written data as to when, and in what way, this word became in use. According to Jesse Sheidlower, the author of the 1995 American book The F Word, the origin of the word “fuck” is most likely Germanic, even though no one can point to the precise word it was transformed to English from.

The first time the “f word” was uttered in television was in 1965 by Kenneth Tynan. His words, “I doubt if there are any rational people to whom the word fuck would be particularly diabolical, revolting or totally forbidden,” created a big scandal. Fuck-ing in polite society, let alone in television, was a big no no, a taboo of massive proportions.

Now, only thirty years later, fuck has become a more tolerated expression in society, even by the most conservative groups. It is widely used in TV, movies and in print. In a 2003 research conducted by the BBC, it says that “50% or more people said the words that should never be broadcast are cunt, motherfucker, nigger, Paki and spastic. Young women also don’t like whore, slag and twat. But fuck wasn’t on the list.”

I don’t know what my everyday vocabulary would be like if fuck was banned from the English language LOL. I use it in so many ways, there would be the very distinct possibility that I would lose at least half my daily word count. *shock*

In regards to flexible use of language, fuck is probably the most versatile word in the whole English language. It can be used in many different ways:
  • Noun: Bawdy doesn’t give a fuck.
  • Adjective: Harlot is updating the fucking sidebar.
  • Verb: Don’t fuck it up.
  • Transitive verb: Matt Farrell fucked Trollop.
  • Intransitive verb: Tart fucks.
  • Part of an adverb: Tom Cruise talks too fucking much.
  • Adverb enhancing an adjective: Trollop is fucking amazing.
  • Part of a word: Fan-fucking-tastic! Abso-fucking-lutely! In-fucking-credible!
It can even be used as almost every word in a sentence (although that’s not advised). I.e. Fuck it, fucking fuck-ups, fuck the fucking fuckers!

Here are some examples of how the word fuck can be used:
  • Aggression: Don’t fuck with me.
  • Amazement: Jesus fuck! In-fucking-credible! Fuck me!
  • Assurance: Abso-fucking-lutely. Fuck-on.
  • Difficulty: I’m having a fuck of a time with this.
  • Disagreement: Fuck you! Fuck off! Go fuck yourself!
  • Dismay: Fuck it.
  • Dismissal: Fuck off.
  • Fraud: I got fucked on that deal.
  • Incompetence: What a fuck-up.
  • Inquiry: What the fuck?
  • Pleasure: Fan-fucking-tastic!
  • Satisfaction: Fucking A man!
  • Trouble: Now I’m fucked.
So, please, do not take offense when I tell you to fuck it out of here and go watch this fucking clip. :P

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40 comment(s):

Blogger Harlot said...

Oh god, babe, that clip is so fucking funny!!!

Love this post! :D

3/30/2006 12:27:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Oh btw, have one objection. I'm fucking updating sidebar while you fucked Matt Farrell???!!!

Okay, babe, you need to stop harrassing MY Matt. He doesn't want you. He wants me, needs me, and lubs ONLY me. *sigh*

3/30/2006 12:32:00 AM  

Anonymous Tart said...

Tart fucks? I like that one LOL..."Tart sings. Tart laughs. Tart shops. Tart fucks". :D

I love the start of the film "Four Weddings and a funeral" because the first line of the film is "fuck. fuckity fuck fuck" (or something close to it LOL).

3/30/2006 12:50:00 AM  

Anonymous Vixen said...

LMAO! Great post Trollop.
My personal favorite from a movie...
Pretty Woman

3/30/2006 12:55:00 AM  

Blogger Mr Crane said...

Fuck you you fucking Fuck. .... could you take apart that sentence?

3/30/2006 01:28:00 AM  

Anonymous Sasha said...

From your example, everyone is f-ing everyone else (or everything else in Harlot's case ;) ) except for Bawdy. How could you guys have left her out of this f-ing fest??? LOL

3/30/2006 01:31:00 AM  

Anonymous Sasha said...

Btw, sorry, can't say the F word because it's been a no-no forever in our house. I think it'll be a no-no even when I reach 80 with every-F-ing-thing drooping to my ass...LOL

3/30/2006 01:34:00 AM  

Blogger Karma said...

Fuck can also indicate place, ie. Oma-fuckin-ha, Cali-fuckin-fornia.

3/30/2006 01:59:00 AM  

Blogger Aggie said...

I laughed my head off - I love this fucking blog!

3/30/2006 06:20:00 AM  

Blogger HOTMAMA said...


You are a fuckin' Diamond of the First Water! lol

(Fab Spot at fabb btw)

I'm a bit like Sasha. I struggle to type the word, but think it all the time!! It's so satisfying.

My fav "fucking" thoughts: what a fucking asshole! And, Un-fucking-believable! :P

3/30/2006 09:26:00 AM  

Blogger MotherReader said...

When my oldest was four, she told me "I know what the f word is." I said, "Oh really, what is it?" She grinned, but wouldn't say it. I said, "It's OK. I just want to make sure we are talking about the same word."

It was the same word.

I had to laugh at the word "fuck" coming out of her sweet little mouth, but I told her that it was a word that we shouldn't say - especially children- because it offends people. She wanted to know why, and I told her that somewhere in history people decided we shouldn't say it, so we just don't.

"But you say it Mommy."

"And Mommy will be more careful about not saying it,"

Later, I asked her to tell her Daddy the word she had learned. Why should he miss out on the fun?

Thanks for the break down on this misunderstood word. Trollop, you fucking crack me up!

3/30/2006 10:03:00 AM  

Anonymous Angela low said...

My son got in a fight the other day at school and he called the other boy a FUCKING BITCH!!
Poor kid takes to much after his mother and says my favorite word
when he gets mad.

3/30/2006 10:05:00 AM  

Blogger HOTMAMA said...

Oh, this is my all-time fav:

"give me a fucking break!"

3/30/2006 10:26:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Geography is also fucked up by the word fucking...
if you visit Fucking, Austria (a small village in Europe)


3/30/2006 11:02:00 AM  

Blogger Malicious Strumpet said...

Okay, that clip was priceless. I will totally admit to being addicted to the F word. :)

I remember in High School one of my teachers taught us what verbs, nouns, etc, were by using the sentence "the fuckin' fucker is fuckin' fucked!" Too funny.

My favorite F phrase? "Fucking bastard-ass piece of shit." Often refers to my computer, which is off to repair-land for the next 4-6 weeks. Sigh.

3/30/2006 12:06:00 PM  

Anonymous Vixen said...

You ladies reminded me of my son's first use of 'Fuck'. He was 2 and we were in the care, my husband back into another car and yelled "FUCK!" He gets out of the car, my son says "FUCK, FUCK, FUCK!" I say all the stuff about not using that word and that daddy will be in time out when he gets back home. Then husband gets into car and I say "Guess what word your son just learned" on cue my son goes "FUCK DADDY!" and "You're in time out Daddy". He hasn't said it since.

Other fav. phrase I see in books a lot is "For Fuck's sake"

3/30/2006 01:06:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And I thought I loved this blog for the nude men. LOL

I use the f word when I'm stressed and really pissed off. Then it really pisses my husband off. "Do you have to use that dirty talk?"


3/30/2006 01:41:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Slag? is that even a word? never heard of it.

3/30/2006 03:29:00 PM  

Blogger Nika said...

OMG!! Hysterical!! You "bitches" are FUCKING hysterical!! I have a four year old boy, and just this weekend past he told his daddy..."Mom's gonna kick your ass because she's fucking pissed off!" Yeah, I know ....another mother of the year award coming my way!! The funny thing was...I was reading my email and wasn't mad at anyone at all!!! LMFFFFAO!!!Keep up the GREAT reading material!!

3/30/2006 03:43:00 PM  

Anonymous Charlotte said...

Hey Harlot! I've just rediscovered your blog after you coming back from the dead on :P
You have SUCH a great blog! Hope to speak to you more soon, Charlotte xxx

3/30/2006 04:17:00 PM  

Blogger Bawdy Babe said...

Sasha, you are my new best friend. thanks for thinking of me when those bookfuckingbitches didn't. fuck'm. *pouting*

3/30/2006 04:29:00 PM  

Blogger Zen Wizard said...

I love this fornicating post!

(Unless of course the post is married, wherein the fornication would "merge" with "adultery."

3/30/2006 04:55:00 PM  

Blogger Vicious Trollop said...

Bawdy, I'm sorry babe *sniff* I wrote that last night; I was so fucking tired wasn't thinking straight. It's a wonder the thing makes any sense at all. lol

I edited like a hundred things this morning, and added you :D

you know I lub' you babe!

Charlotte, Welcome aboard :D

3/30/2006 05:47:00 PM  

Anonymous Sasha said...

LOL, what do you think, Bawdy? Should we forgive her? On the one hand, she has been busy. On the other hand, she only gave you the F word used as a verb for you, sirreee.... :P

3/30/2006 08:00:00 PM  

Anonymous Tart said...

A friend from university days would always say "well fuck me slowly on a Tuesday" if you said something surprising or interesting to her LOL.

3/30/2006 10:55:00 PM  

Blogger Marcela P. said...

What about: ABSOfuckingLUTY (sex and the city)?

3/31/2006 03:34:00 PM  

Blogger Poll said...

hello !!

Good blog !

3/31/2006 04:22:00 PM  

Blogger vanilla said...

I love this post, then loved all the comments, I'm craking up. Love the kid stories cause that will so be me when I have kids...I love the "fuck" word in many variations. *In innocent proper voice "Yes, I was raised in a christian home."* ;)

I will have to keep checking this blog out. Kudos.

3/31/2006 04:38:00 PM  

Blogger Poll said...

hello !!

Good blog !

3/31/2006 05:36:00 PM  

Anonymous reader said...

very unoriginal... this clip has been around for ages. helloooo??

3/31/2006 09:30:00 PM  

Blogger Harlot said...


Hello to you too. :D Honey, this post is not about the clip, and no one says it hasn't been around for a while. LOL It's like talking about World War II and giving a link about Hitler. Err, i think it's called relevance or relatedness to the matter at hand? ;)

3/31/2006 09:48:00 PM  

Blogger Poll said...


I like your blog !

4/01/2006 03:26:00 AM  

Blogger Harlot said...

Oh, thanks Poll. :D Welcome to all the new visitors!

4/01/2006 03:37:00 AM  

Anonymous Sharon E said...


VT, this article is so funny. LOOL!

4/02/2006 04:29:00 AM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fuck me runnin'!

4/05/2006 07:31:00 PM  

Blogger Bliss said...

"Fuck you and the horse you rode in on"

4/09/2006 10:39:00 AM  

Blogger peter said...

Derivation: probably from old German 'fechten', to punch. In English 'fuck' is overused, so all the better when it is used with feeling or in context.

I have heard a plumber say: 'The fuckin' fucker's fucking fucked.' Used with both feeling and in context.

4/10/2006 08:01:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I came by this site by accident and now I'm addicted. Every book you have posted, I have read which is awesome I can finally find 'truth' about the books! As for this blog, its fucking hilarious!! What an awesome site to release to when work is boring!!

you gals rock!

7/12/2006 04:37:00 PM  

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12/22/2006 11:49:00 PM  

Anonymous Anonymous said...

LOL! That was fucking awesome!! You gals fucking rock; fuck-on, fuckers!! :D

1/11/2007 11:22:00 AM