smut

[smuht]

What does smut mean?

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Smut is obscene or pornographic material, including pictures and writing.

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Examples of smut

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Examples of smut
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i never thought i would be sobbing while reading smut
@hoyeontan, September, 2018
From stockholders to workers to readers, the effects of Fifty Shades of Grey, the little smut book that could, have rippled across the economy, offering a useful glimpse at the ways in which unlikely factors can have a vast impact on the economic climate.
Bruce Watson, AOL (headline), September, 2012

Where does smut come from?

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Smut is first cited for a type of disease which makes fungus appear black. The name is related to smut, a 16th-century verb meaning “smudge” or “blacken” and it gave rise to the noun smut, a “stain” or “soot.”

The word’s underlying notions of decay or darkness doubled as a metaphor for “indecent or obscene” content, especially that type of language in early history. Smut, for this sense, is found in the late 1690s while smutty occurs earlier, in the 1660s.

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By the 20th century, smut had especially taken on the sense of sexual obscenity (i.e., pornographic material), in both words and images. James Joyce’s Ulysses was censored in the US in the 1920s as it was considered smutty. Now, it’s considered one of the great works of the English language.

And indeed, it seems smut underwent something of a transformation in the late 20th century as more aesthetic value was seen in smutty content. The British Smut comics series was launched in 1989, filled with adult content. In the 1990s, amateur erotica authors increasingly distinguished between good smut and bad smut in their work. Smut has gone on as signifier for more pornographic scenes in or works of fanfiction too.

Search interest for smut was at a historic high around 2004–05 after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) were issuing hefty fines on broadcasters for displaying smut, notably prompted by Janet Jackson’s breast exposure at the Super Bowl and U2 Bono’s use of fuck on the Howard Stern Show.

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Who uses smut?

What’s considered smut is, as they say, in the eye of the beholder, but use of the word smut tends to be more colorful than, say, just calling something obscene, vulgar, profane, or pornographic.

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Smut still characterizes some funky-looking fungal diseases, such as corn smut.

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