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On Sex-related Taboo-words such as "Fuck": Part I

The word "fuck" is very often used in exclamations and imprecations.

Some of the uses of the word in literature are:

What the fuck do you think you're doing? [G. Lord (1970) Marshmallow Pie xv., p. 136]

‘Fuck the bloody thing!’ he said fiercely under his breath. [F. Manning (1929) Middle Parts of Fortune II. xv., p. 379]

Sometimes "fuck" can also be used as an adjective to modify a noun, such as

‘What the fucking hell's that for?’ my father said. [D. Lessing (1960) In Pursuit of English, p. 12]

"No, I can't figure out how to interface UNIX to my toaster, and yes, I have RTFM."
(RTFM is the acronym for 'Read The Fucking Manual'. According to the online hacker
Jargon File, Version 3.0, RTFM has two meaning. 1. Used by gurus to brush off questions they consider trivial or annoying. 2. Used when reporting a problem to indicate that you aren't just asking out of randomness)

The word "fuck" is commonly regarded by many as a taboo-word. …