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Today, I’m talking about one of my pet dislikes. I won’t waste emotion hating something, but this just ticks me off. You’ll see it in many posts and comments, as I’m sure many of you have. What I’m referring to, is the annoying use of ‘f-bomb’ instead of ‘fuck’.

One of the reasons it annoys me is that when you read ‘F-bomb’, what word do you hear in your head? … fuck, that’s what. So what’s the point of making up silly substitutes that immediately slip a fuck between your ears anyway?

The other aspect that pisses me off is grouping an innocent little four-letter word like fuck, with devices designed for one purpose only–to kill people en-mass.
Or as many Americans would say, ‘Get the fuck over it’. They say it all the time, write it all the time, it is in the majority of films: -, sit the fuck down, shut the fuck up, come the fuck in, go the fuck away, what the fuck! Yet many still insist on using ‘f-bomb’ when we’re surrounded daily by the good, straightforward,  honest fuck. Perhaps it’s a way of appearing more socially sensitive, more correct, more bullshit!

It’s in books, movies, TV and music.

In music; welsh rockers Super Furry Animals’ 1996 single, The Man Don’t Give A Fuck, was the first UK Top 40 hit to include 52 fucks.

In movies; Martin Scorsese’ 2013 Wolf of Wall street, tops movie list with 560 fucks, while the ever-popular Goodfellas, weighs in with a very respectable 300.


The origins of the word are not known. But the weight of opinion would indicate that it has been in use since the fifteenth century. We’ve all heard it, read it, said it and done it; so isn’t it time to get it in perspective? There’s no compulsion to use it, to say or write it. If you don’t like ‘fuck’, find another way of expressing yourself, something more creative than … I can’t even write it one more time.

And you know what, it’s as handy as all fuck. Just four little letters, but so flexible and multifuckingfunctional, and falls into many grammatical categories:

As a transitive verb for instance … Micky fucked Carol.
As an intransitive verb … Carol fucks.
As an adjective … Sam’s doing all the fucking work.
As part of an adverb … Carol talks too fucking much.
As an adverb enhancing an adjective … Heather is just fucking beautiful.
As a noun … I don’t give a fuck.
As part of a word … absofuckinglutely -or- infuckingcredible.
And as almost every word in a sentence … Fuck the fucking fuckers.


You’ve just survived 26 fucks, one for each day of this challenge, without anyone dying, having a coronary, giving birth or turning to ash.

f-bomb on a wall



Today’s music clip isn’t by Super Furry Animals, but one of my favourite from Carlos Santana and Rob Thomas.



What’s your thoughts? Leave a comment below and include your alternative to a nice simple ‘fuck’.


Thanks for calling by, and do so again tomorrow when I’ll be hosting a Guest post with some interesting characters 🙂



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Author: A.J.

I have written as far back as I can recall. Until 2011, that writing was just for me, or as rambling letters to friends and travelogues to the family. I never thought about why, or if others did similarly, and the thought of publishing never entered my head. Since I left England in 1979, I have been collecting experiences, people, and places. From the blood-soaked streets of Kampala, the polluted dust bowls of the Sahara, or the pristine ice floes of the Antarctic, I have gathered and filed them away. Some have recently squeezed through the bars of insecurity and are now at large in the pages of my first three novels. Others await their future fates.

4 thoughts on “F#*”!

  1. Allison says:

    Ah I can hear George Carlin clapping right along with me. When people act like that I always think of his list of “words you can’t say on TV” Of course that was a while ago and I think the majority are on most shows you watch now..I wonder what he thinks about that?

    1. A.J. says:

      Thanks for your comment, Allison.
      I’m not familiar with George Carlin, but he sounds all right. The widespread use of words that were formerly taboo has lessened their impact, which I believe is a good thing, but there is a fine line between use and gratuitous overuse.

  2. M.R.R. says:

    I’ve stopped using the term “f-bomb” for a while. I don’t like saying the actual word, so if it comes up in say, a movie I’m reviewing, I just stick a coupe asterisks in the middle. Maybe I’m prudish (or whatever the right term is), but that’s what I do.

    1. A.J. says:

      Thanks for stopping by M.R.R.
      We must all do what we’re comfortable with, and the above rant is only half serious. I seldom say it in daily life, but write it as dialogue for some of the characters in my books.


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