I thought this was a social issue but maybe it belongs here. Please don’t be offended; just attempting some levity.
I’m wondering if the F word means as much to everyone else as it does to me. When I was a kid I used it as much as possible to be one of the cool guys. I’m 72 now and being cool is not a priority. Actually, I’m one of you guys now and that’s not exactly what I would call “cool”. Well, the physical part that is. Intellectually, I’ve learned tons from you and that IS cool. I can write OK without the F word but speaking is a real problem. Most often it’s difficult to complete a sentence without including the F word. I mean WTF, my vocabulary is of reasonable size to effectively communicate with some other folks on some subjects. Not religion or politics of course but hockey, football, weather and the like. But I just find it difficult without the F word. It’s like, “Where’s the F’n whistle you F’n moron? I can’t just ask that question and expect anyone to feel my emotion without the F word. “Boy it’s F’n hot today” or “man, I’m freezing my F’n tail off” are expressions that make sense to me. I guess there’s not much F’n sanity to most of what I say but it just feels smarter with that word. WTF. Let’s face it. We can use it as any part of speech, it’s easy to pronounce even with a F’n lisp or accent from India or F’n China. At the local volunteer firemen’s picnic a guy comes walking out of the woods to his table and says in a loud voice “Who the F took my beer?” It’s a legitimate question and appropriately presented. If he asked, “Did anyone see who mistakenly took my beer?” the other folks would probably say “F 'im”. There are times, however, when it might be prudent to cautiously omit the word. For instance you might say to your buddy, “Your wife must be a F’n saint to put up with your crap.” A pause in the wrong place could send a wrong message. It’s like when someone chastises us for our bad language and we respond “What’re you, the F’n Pope?”
My lovely wife of almost 51 years came into the room and looking over my shoulder read this note and said, “OMG, why would you write such a thing?” Without turning around I said, “Nobody gives a F”.