The F-bomb is now in the dictionary!

tobr24u(z6 RI)August 16, 2012

Is this another sign of the decay of our culture? It is one thing to have ain 't but another thing to have the Bomb. Your thoughts would be appreciated and might actually be enjoyed by some...

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jodik_gw

What decay? And I think it's been listed for a while, no? Isn't it just another adverb or adjective, or something? ;-)

I don't really care what words a person uses in verbal description... as long as that person is decent on the inside, and a true friend... ya feel me? ;-)

My ears don't burn every time someone misses something from Miss Manner's Book of Whatever... I'm a modern Grandma.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:15AM
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Elraes Miller

Does this mean I can use it in srcabble play? I never use the word, but when the guys are working it is heard at times when walking by. Doesn't bother me, wasn't me that said it or was said to. On the other hand I am sick of it's constant use in movies.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:28AM
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labrea_gw

"in olden days a glimpse of stocking was looked on as something shocking..." that songs 78 years old.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:31AM
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seashellsandpearls

They are talking about the F-Bomb that is now in the dictionary. Not the F word, itself. F*CK is already in the dictionary

Sea

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:54AM
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rob333

I'm so naive, I thought uck was the f-bomb. What is the bomb? :/

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 9:56AM
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jodik_gw

Ok... now I'm confused, too... f*ck has always been considered the "f bomb"... so what are we talking about, here?

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 10:48AM
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seashellsandpearls

The actual term "F-Bomb" is what is being added to the dictionary.

I would imagine the Bomb in F-Bomb means to drop the F word with all of it's shock value, depending on when, where, how and at whom it is used, I guess.. like a BOMB... to get your attention...exploding profanities. For instance when Melissa Leo accepted the Academy Award for best Supporting Actress she was said to have let loose the F-Bomb....used because it was Live TV (I think there was a couple second delay built in, not sure how that worked) was not expected, nor was/is it an accepted practice... you could hear the audience gasp. Not the place for it. So, I think the term F-Bomb is used when the F-uck word is used in a highly inappropriate way or venue. The key word is shock.. even though you hear swearing, including the F-word, all over the place there ARE still places you don't expect to hear it. Like on the Senate or House floor.

He was dropping F-Bombs left and right.

F-Bombs littered the space.

Leaving F-Bombs in her wake.

Just my take.

Sea

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:17AM
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inkognito

Many moons ago Kenneth Tynan the art critic was being interviewed live on the BBC. I can't remember the context but at a certain point Tynan said "I don't think anyone is shocked by the word **ck anymore" then all the studio lights went out and his microphone was switched off followed by a blank screen. We were shocked.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:49AM
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leslie_gardener

sorry seashellsandpearls but the Senate hasn't escaped
the F-Bomb either.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 11:56AM
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seashellsandpearls

Also, the word, F*ck, wasn't always referred to as the F-Bomb...emphasis on Bomb. The term, F-Bomb had to be recognized as now being mainstream... common usage. The news article wasn't only about this term/word being added.. there were other newly recognized words added. Sexting, flexitarian, obesogenic, energy drink and life coach were the others.

This is what Merriam-Webster has to say about it. (a mixture of my words and theirs, not an actual copy/paste)

It was first used in 1988..then resurfaced in the late 90's... dropped out of sight, surfaced again, in a big way, when Cheney used it on the Senate floor...died back a bit, until used by Joe Biden on the Senate floor. Gaining usage ever since. And this only refers to being admitted to Merriam-Webster in print. Below, is MW definition.

Below is an actual copy/paste.

"It's a word that is very visually evocative. It's not just the F-word. It's F-bomb. You know that it's going to cause a lot of consternation and possible damage," she said.

Sea

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 12:00PM
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seashellsandpearls

"sorry seashellsandpearls but the Senate hasn't escaped
the F-Bomb either."

Which is, exactly, what I stated, leslie_gardener. I didn't say it wasn't ever used on the Senate floor... I said it wasn't EXPECTED to be used there.

You wouldn't EXPECT to hear it there, therefore when you did, it was an F-Bomb. There was a national gasp!

Sea

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 12:08PM
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rob333

So when is it "expected"?! ;)

totally kidding

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 1:05PM
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terriks

I you play Wordfeud instead of Words With Friends you can definitely use f*ck. They don't make any judgement calls in that game.

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 1:51PM
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jodik_gw

Ok... so it's actually the term "F-Bomb" that made into to the new dictionary.

The bomb, itself, has been around forever, and to my way of thinking, is not really a bomb... unless you drop it in a room full of people who would never expect, accept, or tolerate it.

Don't visit my house and expect a bomb free environment... we're just open and free with our vocab. Rude, crude and socially unacceptable to some, but very comfortable within our own habitat. ;-)

    Bookmark   August 16, 2012 at 7:12PM
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maddie_athome

Indeed. So what's the problem? Me, I'll take up front over shallow, deceptive artificial manners, anytime.

Form follows function. And not the other way around.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 6:49AM
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jodik_gw

Indeed, Maddie.... indeed.

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 9:32AM
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