usage alert about fuck
Even so, various forms of the word, primarily in its nonliteral, slang senses, have increasingly crept into casual use, not only as spontaneous expletives of shock, horror, or anger, but also as verbal tics and common intensifiers, mere indices of annoyance or impatience or even pleasant surprise: Where are my fucking keys? What the fuck is taking so long? This is fucking awesome! Nevertheless, the term is best avoided altogether in “polite company.” The mass broadcast media have actually been forced by the threat of punitive fines to block audiences from hearing it, either by banning its use entirely or by bleeping all or part of the sound—if only by blocking out nothing more than the vowel sound in the middle.
Although its first known occurrence in writing dates from the late 1400s (disguised in a cipher at that), the word fuck was undoubtedly heard long before that, and it remains primarily a creature of the spoken language. Well into the 20th century, it was generally regarded as “unprintable,” and forms like f*** or f--k or some spelling distortion like frack or frig or fork or fug were typically substituted for it in writing. In speech, creative euphemisms abound, some born with each new generation. We now have eff and effing as well as f-word and f-bomb, all of which allow us to discuss the term without resorting to its actual use.
verb (used with object) Slang: Vulgar.
verb (used without object) Slang: Vulgar.
interjection Slang: Vulgar.
noun Slang: Vulgar.
Verb Phrases Slang: Vulgar.
- to behave in a frivolous or meddlesome way.
- to engage in promiscuous sex.
- to shirk one's duty; malinger.
- go away: used as an exclamation of impatience.
- to waste time.
- to bungle or botch; ruin.
- to act stupidly or carelessly; cause trouble; mess up.
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Idioms for fuckSlang: Vulgar.
Origin of fuck
OTHER WORDS FROM fuckfucky, adjective
Example sentences from the Web for fuck
Every single agency leader should be taking a look at themselves and say, “Fuck me, I need to change.”‘This could happen to you tomorrow’: Why agencies need to take note of client exits at The Richards Group|Kristina Monllos|October 19, 2020|Digiday
He just told me to shut the fuck up and go inside, and that it was a crime scene.New Eyewitness Accounts: Feds Didn’t Identify Themselves Before Opening Fire on Portland Antifa Suspect|by Bryan Denson for ProPublica and Conrad Wilson, Oregon Public Broadcasting|October 13, 2020|ProPublica
That’s why I’m really proud of what Relæ has always been, I said fuck everything.Christian Puglisi Is Closing His Influential Copenhagen Restaurants. COVID Is Only Partly to Blame|Rafael Tonon|September 17, 2020|Eater
It’s about his class prerogative to do whatever the fuck he wants.
On August 16, hundreds chanted “Fuck the algorithm” in front of the UK’s Department of Education building in London to protest the results.The UK exam debacle reminds us that algorithms can’t fix broken systems|Karen Hao|August 20, 2020|MIT Technology Review
Funny or Die News also features Vox-style “explainers,” including “The Middle East—Why Shit So Fucked Up?”How Funny or Die Plans to Cover ISIS, Ebola and Elections|Asawin Suebsaeng|October 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And you know what snafu stands for: Situation Normal, All Fucked Up.