Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Congratulations, F-Bomb, You Bowdlerized Neuter of Word; You're in the Dictionary

Posted By on Tue, Aug 14, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Come clean: What did you translate this as?
  • Come clean: What did you translate this as?
Pearls are being clutched and monocles are shattering across this great nation of ours today as the country responds to the news that the Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary has added the F-bomb to its print edition.

In a fortuitous bit of timing that's sure to elicit a giggle from every pre-teen with a hard-on, "sexting" also made the cut.

For fuck's sake, doesn't anyone swear anymore?

If you read the Facebook comments under the online entry for F-bomb -- and I recommend you do that only if you want to mutter some of the more plangent and tangy curse words in your vocabulary -- you'll see most of them mistake the news about F-bomb's newly-minted status to mean that "fuck" has been added to the dictionary.

Guess what fuckwits? Fuck was already in Merriam-Websters -- see? It's actually the word "F-bomb," that soft-bellied platypus of a swear, that's been legitimized. And even when that's explained to them, these Facebook commenters lament the arrival of the word as if they're now required by law to incorporate it in their Christmas card greetings.

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