F*#@ The Eff Factor
Effing, freakin’, frigging, freaking, alas the f-word is becoming mainstream!
(The F-word comes from the German word “fliechen,” which means to strike).
Thanks to TV Personalities like Howard Stern, a classless but rich idiot, x-rated words are creeping into the news media with regularity.
Recently, Dan Rather interviewed Dolly Parton on CBS-TV SUNDAY MORNING and was visibly embarrassed to mention that she was just as famous for a “certain part of her anatomy, as she was for her other talents.” At which point Dolly quickly responded about her “boobs” being enhanced for her personal desire and appearance.
I’m amused now that the FCC is pondering whether the F-word is approved if used as an “intensifier” rather than in a sexual sense. This is ridiculous; we all know what’s going on here, don’t we?
Let’s face it, businessmen, lawyers, accountants, teachers and yes even the clergy are using x-rated words as never before so that one day soon, the shock of the words will be morphed into commonly acceptable language. And then we’ll go inventing other words to titillate people.
Let’s create some new x-rated ones like bladderful? Crapescent? Or how ‘bout diggery dung? Will Americans be more accepting of these terms? Dunno.
But what difference does it make? What’s going on here is the ability of people to communicate effectively (with or without swear words) and using them only when necessary. Maybe we should have a new icon in our computers to substitute for a four letter word like F*#@! pronounced (fstarnumbersign) and we will all be happier. No insult to anyone, and used in every day writing and speaking.
Can you just imagine the Queen of England uttering her annual message to say that it has been a real F*@#ing Year? Or President Bush referring to his Democratic opponents as “those F*@#ing Bastards?” Bastards, now there’s another words in common usage today where it was verboten until recent times by accepted English language.
Unless you’re referring to the “bastard son,” the use of bastard has not been popularly accepted.
Balls, butt or tits? Balls as referred to testicles, is not popular, in print; butt is in popular usage instead of ass and tits, except as used in the song “Tits and Ass” from the Broadway play CHORUS LINE is vulgar (and I still believe it’s vulgar in the play).
Another term in common verbal usage is “s—t happens.” Recently opponents of our Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney used the slogan “Mitt Happens” and we all got the campaign message, however we never spell s—t in accepted media.
FCUK (French Connection United Kingdom) is a British retail store wishing to attract attention, but I believe, in poor taste. Anyone can determine what the message is.
And ballbuster? Only when used as an intensifier! Ha.
Bottom line, use your own judgment and standards in your written and oral communications. Also, know your audience.
There are times when F*@# is acceptable and other times not.
When in doubt, there is a dictionary entitled THE FUCKING CONCISE OXFORD DICTIONARY! Believe it or not.
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