What comes between F and C?

D and E, I hear you cry. I’m actually talking about the swear words. The F word has somewhat become common parlance and as such, less powerful as an expletive. As far as I am aware, the only word stronger than that (without delving into the field of racism) is the C word. (For the sake of Francis and his desire to read my blog at work, I’ll save spelling these words out in full.)

The C word is certainly reserved for very special occasions. I have a good friend (who will remain nameless) who once told me that she saved it for instances such as hopping into the shower and realising too late that the boiler’s broken. She had allegedly shouted the expletive at the top of her voice recently in that very scenario. I occasionally use it in a joking manner, but only in circles of friends that I know well, and that I know will take it with the frivolity with which it is intended. It is becoming more common in its use, but it still holds pride of place in the swearer’s armoury.

Is there anything that fits neatly between the two? More powerful than F, but less frowned-upon than C?

I often used to muse as to whether newly created swear words would take over the mantle of old ones as these are diluted by popular use. I have to say, thus far, I have seen little evidence of new words filling their shoes.

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2 Responses to “What comes between F and C?”

  1. Tk on September 27th, 2006 09:53

    You MotherFucker!

    Also, can I respond to you question with Fanny Flicker.

  2. Rob on October 2nd, 2006 18:32

    Your friend certainly is a stupid F C for that. I cannot believe that anyone steps into a shower without first turning on the water and testing it.

    What a dunce!

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