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The “F” Word

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It’s everywhere, from seemingly everyone’s mouth. We’ve all heard it and most of us have probably said it at one time or another; the “F Bomb”. I hear it on the street, on TV, in music and even in my workplace. To some, that word is no big deal but to others of a certain generation, it’s still quite offensive.

I was out at a local bar/restaurant the other night shooting pool with a friend. There was a group of early twenty-somethings across the room, telling tales and swapping stories. One young man was regaling his friends with his tales of derring-do, bar fights and other sorted deeds. While his story was quite entertaining, he must have used the F-word two or three times per sentence. I was both saddened and disgusted by his choice of vocabulary as I am most times when I hear that word.

I remember one incident in my past when I laced my conversation with that particular vulgarity. I was running in an indoor track meet in NYC and had just won my heat in a 400M event. My track coach, who was also my English teacher, met me in the hall outside the arena. I hadn’t run much yet that season having joined late but I owned that particular event. I was just as excited as my coach and could hardly contain myself. My coach was excitedly talking to me and asked me how I did what I just did on the track. In my cockiness and bravado, I blurted out how I just got out there and “effing” ran!

If I could go back in time, I would travel to that particular moment and choose a much more appropriate and thoughtful response. I saw in my coaches’ face and heard in his voice the disappointment of my particular choice of wording. I’m sure as an English teacher that word offended him quite a bit. I’ve apologized to him in my mind every time I think of that moment and I’d just like to say here, Hap, I’m truly sorry. You deserved a much more articulate and thoughtful discussion of my awesome performance. 🙂

To those of you who might read this and think the word is no big deal, it’s still a shocker for some to hear. There are so many words in so many languages to choose from, do we really have to resort to that one?

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Written by David A. Ufer

August 27, 2012 at 6:58 am

Posted in Language, Me

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  1. I totally agree!

    Laura (Tampa BookWorm)

    August 27, 2012 at 8:01 am


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