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8 F Word Facts
Its Origin is a Mystery
That's right - no one knows where the F word was first uttered. Many societies have theories, as the word has become popular worldwide, but no one really knows from whence the word originated.
Different cultures have evolved with different versions of the word, such as foutre in French, fukja in Norse, ficken in German and focka in Sweden, each with its own sexual connotation. Scholars are still unsure which culture brought the word to England, however, as the word has been an underground word since its inception, we will probably never learn the ficken truth.
An Austrian Town Loves It
Though there is no translation for the word in Austrian and the Austrian people do not use the word in general language, it is still a big part of Austrian culture. Every year, thousands of English speaking tourists flock to the town of F***ing, Austria, to take pictures of the unfortunately named village. The town has even had its sign stolen on occasion.
Why, then, doesn't the town change its name? The bureaucracy necessary to change the town name is more expensive than replacing the sign when it goes missing. The tourism also brings in cash, even if the residents must endure terrible English speaking jokes about their town.
The Beatles Loved It
The Beatles don't have the same language barrier excuse as the Austrians - they are native English speakers, and they used the word A LOT. John Lennon let it sneak in twice on "Working Class Hero" while Paul McCartney uttered it in "Big Boys Bickering". Poor Jude was even victim; there's a hidden F-bomb in "Hey Jude".
The band even released a single through their record company by a recording artist named Brute Force. The single was called "King of Fuh", which bothered no one. However, the reference to the "Fuh King" over and over caused a great deal of alarm. The Beatles wisely pulled the single from the stores, and it is now a rare collector's item. There are only 2,000 pressed albums in existence.
Even the British Family Loves It
Her Majesty the Queen would never be caught talking out of turn, and therefore has never been known to utter this four letter public atrocity. Her partner in life Prince Philip, however, does not need to be as well kept, and he knows it. He has been known to express his four letter opinions in public for all to hear. Prince Charles' wife, Camilla, keeps her relative in good company with her use of the word.
Princess Anne brings up the rear in use of the F word with her creative use of a British F word synonym. She used it to tell a group of reporters where to go with their cameras.
It Helped Build the 60's
Were you around in the 60's? Remember living with this word everywhere? The 60's wouldn't have been the same without it, and that's a fact. The Free Speech Demonstration in Berkeley, Andy Warhol's movie named with only four simple letters, an underground magazine launched by Ed Sanders called, "F*** You", and the hit novel Last Exit to Brooklyn, laced with the word, were all a part of the 60's.
No matter what the opinion of those who lived it, the 60's were formed around the word. Free speech, breakthrough literature and a certain freedom for all was introduced thanks to the open use of this little four letter word.
It's Trying to Save the World
Well, it's trying to save the environment, at least. A creative Berlin environmental collective is using it to encourage people to save the forest. Tasteful "eco-porn" is the idea, and all the proceeds encouraged by the clips go to funds to save forests. Their creative name is "F*** For Forest", and at $20 a month for members, they've generated some great funds for the forest.
The couple began in Norway but had to retreat to Germany after being sued for public lewdness. While their creative use of the F word and their cause are both noble, their methods for gaining crowds is questionable.
Canadian Bus Drivers Would Rather it Went Away
Yes, Canadian bus drivers hate it, but that's only due to a poorly devised ad campaign. The French Connection devised the FCUK campaign, then put the mixed up word on everything from T shirts to scent bottles. When the ad company tried to place their new ad on the sides of buses, they ran into quite a protest.
Vancouver's bus drivers threatened to go on strike if they were forced to drive around Vancouver with the switched letters on the sides of their buses. The ads never made the buses and was soon pulled anyway.
It's Now a Collector's Item
That's right - the F bomb is a collector's item. A 1989 baseball card of Bill Ripken holding his bat has the word "F***face" written across the bottom, and being that the original is a collector's item, the altered version has become a collector's item.
While an untouched baseball card runs for more than a tainted one, the tainted "F" version also has value. The F word has come so far that it is now worth cash.