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The Use Word FUCK

One of the most interesting and versatile words in the American English language is the word "Fuck”. Only four letters long, it can describe pleasure, pain, love and hate. In language, "Fuck” falls into many grammatical categories. The Cambridge International dictionary of English defines it as a slang/taboo word. The numerous grammatical variations and the creative uses of the word can boggle the mind. Originally, a quite acceptable word, "fuck” has overcome banning in literature and created confusion in the correct usage in the positive and negative connotations. The problem of "Fuck” is not the definition, but the acceptable time and place to draw upon it.

Recorded in a dictionary in 1598 (John Florio's A world of Words), this word is remotely derived from the Latin futuere and Old German ficken/fucken meaning 'to strike or penetrate', which had the slang meaning 'to copulate'. Entering the English language in the late 15th century, it became more rare in print in the 18th century when it became a vulgar term. It was even banned from the Oxford English Dictionary. In 1960, Grove Press won a court case permitting it to print the word legally for the first time in 3 centuries, in D.H Lawrence's Lady Chatterly's Lover (written in 1928).

The Cambridge International dictionary of English defines fuck as;(to have sex with someone, when considered to be only physical and without any emotional involvement), can be used as a verb both transitive,(John fucked Mary) and intransitive (John fucked). It can be an active verb (John really gives a fuck) or a passive verb (John was fucked by Mary), or an adverb (Mary is fucking interested in John), and a noun (Mary is a terrific fuck). It can be used as an adjective (Mary is fucking beautiful). As you can see, there are a very few words with the versatility of "Fuck".

All these variations of the word have slipped into the everyday use of the English language. The word is


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