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What the F 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 slangtaboo 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 Florios A world of Words this word is remotely derived from the Latin futuere and Old German fickenfucken 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 DH Lawrences Lady Chatterlys Lover written in 1928 The Cambridge International dictionary of English defines fuck asto have sex with someone when considered to be only physical and without any emotional involvement can be used as a verb both transitiveJohn 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
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