Mighty Red Pen

March 30, 2011

Aw, go forget yourself

Filed under: Wordsworthy — mighty red pen @ 8:42 pm

There are so many ways of pretending you didn’t say the F-word (effing, freaking, frigging, to name a few), but are any of them really as satisfying as the awesome power of a fully operational use of the word fuck?

Recently watched “The Fighter,” which was a good reminder (“Gone Baby Gone” is another) of how so many residents in my local area (Greater Boston) are absolute lyrical gangsters when it comes to dropping an F-bomb. And the nuances can be many, as this video illustrates:

Not fucking satisfied? Then check out The F-Word by Jesse Sheidlower.

9 Comments »

  1. #?@!$%& A.

    Comment by Nancy — March 30, 2011 @ 9:00 pm | Reply

    • Here’s my question: In the expression “#?@!$%& A,” what does “A” stand for? I’ve always wondered.

      Comment by mighty red pen — March 31, 2011 @ 10:13 am | Reply

      • ‘Awesome’, I’ve always thought. I think that fits with how I’ve heard it used.

        Comment by Chris Barts — March 31, 2011 @ 3:54 pm

  2. “Centence”? See 1:20.

    Comment by Fritinancy — March 31, 2011 @ 10:11 am | Reply

    • Yup, also “incompitance” and “disatisfaction” — the spelling on this is, um, effed up.

      Comment by mighty red pen — March 31, 2011 @ 10:14 am | Reply

  3. I have read that the “A” is short for “Affirmative,” from military usage.

    Comment by Karen — March 31, 2011 @ 11:44 am | Reply

  4. Don’t know if anyone still uses the phrase “F***in’ A” as we used to say in high school. I was told the A was for Ass (which goes well with MRP’s next post).

    Comment by Val Span — April 1, 2011 @ 6:05 pm | Reply

  5. That video was great, but instead of saying, “Why don’t you go outside and play hide and go fuck yourself,” I think just a plain ol’ “Get the fuck out,” is better. Fewer words too.

    Comment by Kasey — April 4, 2011 @ 7:45 am | Reply

  6. I use this word majorly when things go wrong as an expression of dismay. But now since i know many other meanings after watching this video my usage can increase.

    Comment by abhi — June 15, 2011 @ 11:04 pm | Reply


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