When my son was 4, a small boy who’d been playing with him next door came to our house to let me know that my son had said the “F word.” I thanked him, closed the door, told my husband, and we laughed. When my son came home, I told him that it was just a word, but because it offended some people, he shouldn’t say it. (Just want to add that my husband and I don’t swear a lot, and I’m not sure if he heard it from us or someone else.)
At Inside the Actor’s Studio, host James Lipton asks each famous guest 10 questions. One of the questions is, “What’s your favorite curse word?” On the shows I’ve seen, the word mentioned most often is “fuck.” It’s mine, too, with the hard K sound at the end and the shortness that makes it earthy and maybe crude. But it has the same meaning as copulation, making love, having sex, getting laid, mating, banging, doing (I’ll “do” him), and screwing. If it’s not offensive when said as copulation or making love, it’s not offensive to me at all.
As a side note, in movies, Scottish actors pronounce it “fook,” which sounds cute to me. And Brits say “shag,” which makes me laugh.
A couple of my books have been dinged by a few reviewers for cursing. The first time was for my paranormal romance, DEAD PEOPLE, in which the hero is a former rock star. Swearing is in character for him – and even then, it’s on the tame side. On the other hand, my dragon-man in DRAGON BLUES doesn’t curse. In my contemporary romances, any cursing is mild.
Does cursing in books bother you? And what’s your favorite curse word?
Here’s a 30-second clip with Daniel Radcliffe’s favorite curse word – and a little extra.