Fuck: An Irreverent History of the F-Word by Rufus Lodge
An amusing, informative, controversial and utterly irreverent history of the world’s favourite word.
F, U, C and K – four letters that can cause outrage, scandal, embarrassment or instant relief if you hit your thumb with a hammer.
In this wide-ranging and frequently hilarious history of the F-word, Rufus Lodge searches out the origins of our language’s most popular obscenity, and chronicles its dramatic arrival in our everyday lives. As he discovers, the F-word can be heard among aristocrats and astronauts, rock stars and royals, poets and politicians, even in the company of Father Ted and Basil Brush.
No-one is safe from the F-word’s outrageous progress, as innocent animals, fragrant mothers and squeaky-clean TV hosts are dragged into the fray. The cast of characters includes Shakespeare, the Beatles, Andy Murray, T.S. Eliot, Elton, Camilla and everyone unfortunate enough to live in an Austrian town with a very embarrassing name.
F*** is a cavalcade of priceless anecdotes, historical research, filthy jokes and definitions too devious for any decent dictionary – guaranteed to make you laugh, and broaden your vocabulary*.
* The publisher takes no responsibility for any embarrassment caused when readers drop the F-bomb after reading this book.
The Usage Of The Word Fuck
Once upon a time, the English population was decimated by the plague. The King was so concerned about the shrinking number of his subjects that he ordered his people to reproduce. K" for short--was the source of our favorite swearword. Unfortunately this story isn't true, nor is pretty much any etymology of a swearword that involves an acronym. Shit cannot be blamed on cargoes of manure exploding in the middle of the Atlantic Ship High in Transit , while the British word naff cannot be attributed to "not available for fucking.
Skip navigation! Story from Pop Culture. When trailers for Tina Fey 's new movie, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot , began to air on TV, we were, of course, intrigued by the idea of the comedian playing a war correspondent. Then another question popped up: Since when did the F-word get so acceptable that we can see it referred to casually albeit as "WTF" spelled out in military alphabet without the Parents Television Council blowing a gasket? Are we possibly done clutching our pearls about a little word? To answer that question, we decided to give ourselves — and you — a little history of the word "fuck" and its place on our screens. The poem skewers some monks "because they fuck the wives of [the town of] Ely.
English speakers enjoy what seems like an unmatched curiosity about the origins and historical usages of their language's curses. The exceedingly popular "F word" has accreted an especially wide body of textual investigation, wide-eyed speculation, and implausible folk etymology. One of the term's well-known if spurious creation myths even has a Van Halen album named after it. Because of course. If you find nothing to like in the F word's ever-increasing prevalence in the media, think of it this way: at least future lexicographers of swearing will have more to go on.