Monday, January 11, 2010

Contemporary colloquial use of the word "fuck"

By Ann Garrison

 



San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly promised to say "Fuck!" in every Board of Supervisors' meeting until he terms out in 2010. 


My hometown San Francisco's bad boy politician Supervisor Chris Daly, local champion of tenants' rights and other peoples' politics, recently got into a scrap with Supervisor David Chiu, President of the City and County Board of Supervisors, over the use of the word "Fuck" in the Board of Supervisors Chambers.  Afterwards Chiu reportedly dropped a bar of soap off at Daly's office, suggesting he wash his mouth.  Chiu reportedly has a foot long rod up his ass.

Supervisor Daly responded, in his Facebook status, by swearing to say "Fuck!" in every Supervisors' meeting till he terms out of office this year, which won him a lot of press, and a deluge of wildly enthusiastic Facebook friend requests.

Daly responded to critics, with "Profanity vs. the Truly Profane," in San Francisco's Fog City Journal.  Local politico Marc Salomon, who ran against Daly two terms ago, posted this video to Daly's Facebook page, as an example we might all aspire to, which demonstrates, as all this silliness did, that the sexual definition of "Fuck!" is now secondary to the word's primary colloquial meaning as an expression of outrage, disgust, and sociopolitical, cultural, environmental, and/or gender opposition:




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