When will the "f" word lose it's power?
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.
Maybe but there is really only the f word getting any exercise. It's use seems to be constantly repeated.
You're right. Maybe because that's the most common?
I'm tempted to believe there is a subconscious reason.
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?
When you feel like swearing what words do you think?
Stub your toe, hit your fingers with a hammer etc, what comes to mind?
Ouch? If its the f word my question is why is such a word being used so often? Does it have subconscious associations?
I'm tellin' ya'. It's a coping mechanism and it helps tolerate pain better. There is science behind this! Not much but...
The word has an implied "I will" in front of it, meaning I will have sex with you whether you want it or not.
It is an implied threat of rape, hence the intensity around it.
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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