Anyone who knows me probably has a good guess as to what this is. It’s the most versatile word in the English language. Noun. Verb. Adverb. Insult. Exclamation. Adjective. Exultation. Use it any number of ways. Note: beyond the line, NSFW.

I thought about going in a different direction: faith (with a nod to George Michael and Georgina), fornication (also, great word), fracking (to do some research), and maybe a few others I can’t think of at the moment.

Anyway. Then I thought: fuck it.

Fuck.

What a wonderful word.

I’ve heard the argument that a resort to “course” language or “dirty” words or filthy language is a sign of a lack of imagination. Fuck that. To that I say:

Fuck the fucking fuckers.

I have a semi-broad vocabulary. I read widely. I’m fairly intelligent (most of the time). I can use polite language.

But.

Sometimes, there’s no substitute for fuck. It just fits. Trying to slide in another word, “let’s have sex” doesn’t quite say the same thing as, “let’s go fuck.” One’s nice, polite, a good time, maybe tender or could be a little on the wild side (but not too much). The other . . . best done nekkid and all involved are going to be out of breath at the end.

Ever hit your thumb with a hammer? Drop something heavy on your toe?

Fudge.

Fuck that. Doesn’t quite carry the same weight: FUCK!!!! That FUCKING HURT!. Ahh, doesn’t that just feel better?

I’ve had a penchant for the curse word or cuss word or filthy word or naughty word since I was a wee lad. Probably been cussing since I was 7 or 8. No idea why. Just always loved the feel of the words.

Sheeeyyyytt. You can glide that one out. Say it short and tight: shit. No matter how you say it, doesn’t carry the same heft as fuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkk said in wonder at the bravery/stupidity of a friend, the sheer beauty of a sunset over the ocean, the taste of a great bacon sandwich, a realization that you’ve just figured out something great (or done something stupid). The word is a chameleon, changing shape and meaning by pronunciation, situation, tone, speed of delivery, tone of delivery.

Take “Fuck you.” Said to a stranger on the street in anger, you might be getting into a fight. Said to a friend after they’ve done something you’re slightly jealous of, it’s a term of endearment.

Fuck you. Fuck me. Fucking hell. I don’t give a fuck. Ahhhh FUCK. Fuckity fuckfuck. Mother Fucker. Said with a cadence and drawl, mooo-therrr, fucker. Fuck them. Fuck those guys. Fuckface. Fuckhead.

I could go on, but I gave myself only 15 minutes to do this one and I’m 5 over. Fuck.

I’ll leave you with my favorite discussion of “dirty” words ever. George Carlin’s “7 Words You Can’t Say on TV.”

About the Author bryantduhon

Editor. Dad. Writer. Content marketer and strategist. Serial constructive procrastinator. Pizza eater. Beer drinker. Not always in that order.

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