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The Power of the F-word in Today's World

Updated on August 21, 2011

The F-word has power. Depending on how you use it, it can mean something has gone horribly wrong or is totally awesome. It can mean sexual intercourse in the most crudest sense. It even sounds nasty, my suspicion is that it originated in the Geman language, similar to Fuch. It was not long ago that the F-word was only said occasionally when the situation was warranted. However, it now floats around in everyone's vocabulary on a regular basis, as if, it has no meaning.

Well, the F-word still has meaning and power. Despite the fact that it is used constantly in high school and Jr. high among friends because it may be "cool" to use it, saying it in the general public remains "uncool" and may provoke older persons to ask you to refrain because to most of the general public that has common sense, restraint in its use is correct. It means different things to different age groups, and while it was commonly used in HS during the 60's and afterwards, when it was said was determined by what age group or group of friends one was with. One did not simply use it all the time in front of anyone, as is commonly done now by teens.

The worst word that I heard my father say was the GD word, which for some reason, I cannot stand to hear, and I am not religious. I would rather hear the F-word, than the GD word. The only time I use the F-word is when I am aware of my surroundings and it seems okay to use it, if warranted.

To me, using the the F-word on a constant basis is presenting yourself to others as some illiterate jerk who cannot find a better word. It reflects a lower level of education, to some degree, if every other word is the F-word. As teens enter the workforce, they learn that using it on a frequent basis in the general public is simply not allowed. To use it around younger kids, is an absolute no-no, even if you know, those kids either use it or know the word.

The F-word is a word of angst. Either in a very negative or positive sense. It is also a word for nasty sex, but only if used in that manner. Other than that, it is word that belongs in the closet until the appropriate situation calls for no other word. It is NOT a word that should be coming out of your mouth in every other sentence. If it is, then, you are demeaning yourself to others, even though it makes you feel "cool".


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      Helen Murphy Howell 

      7 years ago from Fife, Scotland

      Very interesting hub and you are right when you point out how things have changed. I never heard either my Grandparents or parents use the 'f' word when we were around. I think the only words I hear on occasion was 'dam' and 'bloody hell'!

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      7 years ago from USA

      Great take on a word that rose from gutter language to frequent usage. It usually comes from the less educated as you mentioned, who think it is cool. Well, it definitely is not. Does Rap music encourage this?

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      Heather McMillan 

      7 years ago from Hampton, VA

      Interesting take and really does make you pause and think about why the word is used so much. Rated up and interesting.


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