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Thu May 5, 2022, 10:39 PM

34. Way, way back in the day.

Circa '04-05ish. There was a complaint about the use of the word fuck being brandied about too much. Skinner chimed in and his response was hilarious and put it to rest for a few months, at least. He said basically it was an amazingly versatile word (with many hilarious examples) entrenched in our lexicon for that very reason.

In light of my fond memories of him, and some nostalgia for then, I will share this in the spirit of that memory. It's not his words, but it captures the essence of what he said decently.

Variations of Ways “Fuck” Graces the Average American’s Tongue
a way to express anger/dissatisfaction eg. “You’re a fucking bitch.”

used when confused/irritated/annoyed/enraged eg. “What the fuck?” and in extreme cases “What the fucking fuck?!”

used in response to physical or emotional pain eg. “Fuck, my toe!”

referring to sexual intercourse eg. “Let’s fuck.”

in trouble/being upset with oneself eg. “I’m fucked.” or “Fuck me.”

telling someone they are inadequate eg. “Fuck you” or “You’re a fuck.”

asking someone to go away eg. “Fuck outta here.”

a word to emphasize something good, bad, intense, or exciting eg. “I just fucking won the lottery!” or “Fuck yeah/fuck no.”

describing how much someone cares about any given topic eg. “Who gives a fuck?” or “I give zero fucks.”

admitting to defeat/letting go eg. “Fuck it.”

used to express surprise eg. “Holy fuck!”

to do someone wrong eg. “She fucked me over good.”

to joke around with someone eg. “Are you fucking with me?”

to be in an extremely bad situation eg. “They’re fucked.”

to be messed up/in a poor mental/physical state of being eg. “He is fucked up.”

to describe a person eg. “What a dumb fuck.”

used to describe someone who has made a mess of their life/continuously made poor choices that left them financially/mentally unstable eg. “They’re a fuck up from all those drugs.”

There are probably more uses of the word that I forgot about, but as you can see, fuck is like the only word in the English language that has an absolutely absurd amount of uses.

I can confidently say that for as long as I live, I will probably use the word fuck multiple times per day, because — why the fuck not? Let me know in the comments what other uses of the word fuck that I missed. You fucking rock!

https://medium.com/the-orange-journal/the-f-word-is-the-best-word-b8e2bc202ef6

I hope life has brought you much fucking joy wherever you've landed, Skinner.

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