It seems these days almost every second or third word uses the f word. This is in spite of it's legal casual use and years of status as some kind of power word. It seems to forever retain and even increase in alleged shock value. Why? It has become inane yet increases in usage in songs, movies and pop culture. It always seems to raise a chuckle in spite of it's inanity and stupidity.
Never! I think it's more of a coping mechanism more then an insult. Just wrote an article about profanities and their benefits. There is something calming about yelling out your entire colorful vocabulary when you are stressed or hurt.
It will lose its power whenever it just becomes a simple adjective. Most people use it without the meaning that you might make of it. It really just imparts a strong feeling on whatever subject it is being used in by the speaker, or writer.
It is the intent of the words that is important and not the words themselves. It is what is in the mind of the person, and while they may use a clean word to utter, what are they really thinking is important.
I don't sense any strong feeling when it is used, just a cringe factor like "not again". It's over use unites both trailer trash and high end cafe elite in a poverty of expression. Why the f word? Does it have other subconscious effects?
I agree this could be true! There has to be some subconscious force at work. It's extreme over use is proof of this. It's as if the user wants to talk about sex in between every other topic of conversation. It has become nauseating.
Probably never because the "f word" can be used as an adjective to describe how one feels, or if being mistreated/shortchanged, and it's sometimes even used as part of bestowing praise or respect. "He's Fing rich!" or "That movie is so Fing funny!" Neither of those statements has anything to do with sex or sexual acts. In many ways the "f-word" has become a "catchall/reflex word" used in a variety of ways based upon various circumstances/intentions. There are some people who drop "F bombs" constantly each day. I've been told the English use the word "bloody" in the same way.
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