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The OBSESSION with ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’ (but mostly fuck)

By on Mar 29, 2006 in On A Whim | 0 comments

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WARNING: READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. AND IF SOMEONE HAPPENS NOT TO KNOW THE MEANING OF THESE WORDS (!!!!!), THEN DON’T BLAME ME FOR TEMPTING YOU TO LOOK IT UP IN A DICTIONARY.

Has anybody noticed the almost maniacal use of the words ‘fuck’ and ‘shit’. I mean, okay, at first it may sound all right but then these words are being flogged to death in today’s times that it almost becomes boring. They can be used, I’ve no problem to that, but then increasing use means it’s getting used in unnecessary places. Now I’m not taking it from the ICRA or SafeSurf (or whatever) perspective of what they call ‘strong language’, but in the sense that sometimes it conjures up some pretty funny images. It’s an ongoing phenomenon, and even I sometimes use language like this to pronounce my frustration at times, but the overuse stuck out like an eyesore while I was spending my vacation reading Michael Crichton books. I know you can’t call many of his books current, but it still shows a hang of the situation. On one page itself there were so many ‘f***s’ (as an expletive, not as a verb; this is not an R-rated blog) that each sentence had at least two. Funny is the image that is conjured up (am I repeating this?) on reading the sentences. So, a story was ‘f***ed to death’, ‘f***ed his way up the corporate ladder’.

Another place where this stuck out was the book, Five Point Someone. Now those who don’t know the meaning of the f-word, please leave, you won’t understand. So when in that book, in many dialogues, we have ‘f*** you’ (repeat a few times) as an expression of exasperation towards the character, but it’s not considered an insult. But in one passage, immediately after the above mentioned words, the other character says ‘screw you’, and he explodes like a raging volcano at that comment. Now will somebody explain why two words with similar meanings are treated differently?

I’m just getting tired of all this trying to foul-mouth everyone, rap/hip-hop style. I’m not against it’s usage, but I feel it should be controlled. And for the time, leave all that elocution to the slang-loving hip-hop artists.



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