The F-Bomb gets a lot of negative attention lately from editors and writers. Someone once told me that those who use “fuck” do not have the writing talent to express how they really feel.
I, on the other hand, feel like a good “fuck” every now and then really livens up a piece of writing. Just consider how dynamic the word is — it can be applied to a variety of sexual acts, serve as an angry oath, or even be used in a moment of extreme excitement (i.e. “That slip ‘n slide is fuckin’ rad!”).
You can even personify the f-word with variations of “lazy-fuck,” “smart-fuck,” “dumb-fuck,” and more.
Then there are all the spin-off words: head-fuck, mind-fuck, ear-fuck, oh my! The list goes on.
So please, fellow writers, consider the word with a little more appreciation. It’s something that has evolved over the years into a sort of omnipotent presence, and while I’ll never swear around children, dogs or the elderly, I’ll fucking use the word in my writing whenever I please. Thank you.
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