The F Wordby Jesse Sheidlower, Random House Staff, Ross MacDonald
Rather than tired cliches or graceless jokes, the F-Word contains page after page of actual, uncensored examples of the word in all its varied and robust use, from its first appearance in English in the fifteenth century. Every sense of every word containing F--k is examined in detail, with explanations and thousands of examples from many sources, including Robert… See more details below
Rather than tired cliches or graceless jokes, the F-Word contains page after page of actual, uncensored examples of the word in all its varied and robust use, from its first appearance in English in the fifteenth century. Every sense of every word containing F--k is examined in detail, with explanations and thousands of examples from many sources, including Robert Burns, Ernest Hemingway, Norman Mailer, E. E. Cummings, Jack Kerouac, soldiers' diaries, Playboy, and the Internet. The Introduction provides a revealing historical perspective on the use of this most notorious slang word. Whether you use the F-word to express outrage, exhaustion, confusion, victimization, cheating, temporary insanity, or simply fulsome lust, this book tells you everything you (n)ever wanted to know about this inventive underside of real English.
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OK, If you want a dictionary of "F" word related terms, this is the book you're looking for. If you were expecting something from Lewis Black, not so much. Wouldn't recommend paying full price for this nonsense.
Has good explanations of the word. Great for the curious.
This book is not for everyone. Those that are offended by the F word will be appalled. However, if you are considering buying this book I assume that you are not and that you have friends that are not. It is the definitive book on the origin and derivation of many of the uses and contractions etc. of the word. The forward to the book is delightful too. I have the earlier edition and bought this one for a friend. I found that is was updated with even more F words added. It is always a great hit at my parties and now my guests insist on looking at it each time they visit!!! Enjoy.
We bought this book because so many of us like to use the F-word, but don't really know its history or all of its uses. This is actually a serious, scholarly approach to the history, uses and application of that four-letter word we all know and love...or love to hate. I would recommend it to anyone who is not easily offended or who likes to curse! My friends and I are treating it as a word-a-day book and texting each other a new sentence every day. The first part of the book is a history and the second part of the book is an A to Z encyclopedia of words, phrases and abbreviations/acromnyms. Great fun! I bought several copies as gifts for friends and relatives. What that says about me....? Not sure!
Like much of pop-culture, we think we know the scoop, but do we really understand the 'whole' scoop? The F-Word brilliantly dissects the taboo word we all are familiar with, and have thought of using as an adjective - if not uttered outright - bringing to light the historical basis, conception and growth of this powerful yet simple four letter word. Covering the gamut from it's common slang tonality and associated primal inference, to it's literary usage and power as a legal acronym, the F-Word enlightens. This book is 'f-ing' guaranteed to make the reader 'profanely' wiser!