Monday, June 4, 2012

Bechtloff Book Club: Fuck: Word Taboo and Protecting Our First Amendment Liberties

Anyone who knows me or even reads this blog knows I love the word Fuck. It really is an amazing word if for nothing else then its sheer versatility. It can be a noun, verb, adjective, whatever you need. I can make a whole sentence using almost nothing but fuck. Fuck the fucking fuckers. It means nothing and everything and despite it being arguably over used in our culture today it still has a tremendous amount of power. Saying it in the wrong setting can still get you in a fuck load of trouble.

I have a fascination with etymology (the study of the origin and history of words) and really found the chapter on fuck's history interesting. There are a lot of myths surrounding the origin of this word and not a lot of real facts. Due to the taboo nature of the word it didn't exactly find its way into dictionaries and the intellectuals of the past seemed to try to ignore its existence as best they could. So no definitive history past the last 100 years really exists.

Also of interest to me was the legal history of this word in this country. The author is actually a law professor and explains the various legal battles in an in depth way while still being accessible to the non lawyers of his audience.

So my advise to you is to fucking get this book.

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