I have, as of late, been trying to figure out people rating profanity. As in, one “bad word” is worse than all the rest.
T.V stations that will bleep out one word but not another, people who will say some things but view other’s as taboo.
My clearest recollection of an instance like this was when I was still managing a retail store. I had a regular customer in the store who was ranting about something and wound up saying “the game was shit!” There were other customers in the store so I told him to watch his language, so he responded “sorry… The game was crap!!” …. HOW IS THAT ANY BETTER? They are both the dreaded “four letter word”, they both mean fecal matter…. What makes one on a different level of “bad” than the other??
He actually had a good explanation saying that there were many television networks that allow the word crap, but not shit. But, I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY??
And then there is the mother of all words…. Fuck. Easily viewed as the worst if the “four letter words” which, to me, is hilarious! Whereas things like shit and crap actually have a proper meaning in a sentence “that game was fecal matter!”, “you piece of fecal matter”, etc. Fuck literally has no proper meaning and makes no sense in any context.
Let’s look at the supposed “history” of the word Fuck. They say it is of Germanic origin, related to Dutch, German, and Swedish words for “to strike” and “to move back and forth.”
This makes sense when “Fuck” is replacing “Fornocate with” as in “I fucked her/him last night!” But, not in the copious other ways the word fuck is used (which is basically as a replacement for every word or just interjected into words!)
Now, let’s look at the Oxford Dictionary meaning of the word Fuck.
have sexual intercourse with (someone).
Ruin or damage (something)
So, let’s try these in a sentence!
“what the have sexual intercourse?!”
Hmmm….. Not so much.
“what the ruin?!”
“TO HAVE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE WITH YOU!!”
Hey, that one actually sounds pretty good! But, not quite the insult it should have been.
Well, it seems we have a winner, folks! 😅