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October 22, 2003

Fucking-A: The Mainstreaming of an Expletive

Posted by Ernest Miller

First the FCC allows the use of the word "fuck" as an adjective during primetime (A Fucking Interesting Decision from the FCC). Now researchers are declaring the word nearly commonplace. The Guardian explores the lack of shock value left in the word "fuck" (Expletive deleted). Indeed, according to

Charles Jones, professor of English language at Edinburgh University, it [fuck] is no longer necessarily a swear word, and barely an incivility.


Comments (1) + TrackBacks (0) | Category: Freedom of Expression


1. Frederick Emrich on October 24, 2003 12:09 PM writes...

But despite the change at the FCC, the f-word is still enough to get a website blocked by filtering software. Perhaps this is a good reason to insist that filtering algorithms on public computers be made public?

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