This is officially the moment that the blog has become profane.
I had a conversation via AIM last night that discussed the usage of the f-word. Since we’re often debating language and word usage, I thought this might be of good use for the blog.
As I reread the conversation, I’m shocked at how rude I sound. I have a reason for that. To be honest, I rarely go on AIM these days, and that’s because there are people I know who start incessantly IMing me the second I go on — it’s like they all have me on alert. This friend is one of them. I went to high school with him.
He never speaks to me over the phone, ever, and I never see him, but as soon as I go on AIM, it’s BOOM, BOOM, BOOM! IM after IM after IM. It never stops. He also deliberately says vague things so that I have to ask him questions. It’s incredibly annoying, and it never fails — the minute I sign on, it’s nonstop. Most of the time, I just ignore him, but sometimes I speak to him just to say i have to go. He has multiple (changing) screennames, so I can’t just block him. I’m quelling the problem by staying off AIM. My friends can chat with me on Google Chat.
Anyway, here’s the conversation. I’ve taken out the overt swears, changed the names and removed a few irrelevant lines, but I didn’t edit anything within the lines.
Friend: i am F—–
Kate: why is that?
Friend: cuz i went into the city
Friend: what’s new katelyn mcculley
Kate: so you’re not going to explain why you are, ahem, F—–?
Friend: i just said it
Friend: i went inboston
Kate: okay, what is SO BAD about going into boston?
Friend: nothing, did i hint at the notion of somethin being bad?
Kate: Friend: i am F—–
Kate: generally, that’s not something meant as positive
Friend: as in intoxicated
Kate: oh, I get it now
Kate: as in F—– UP, you mean, then
Friend: ok ok
Friend: i missed a word
Friend: crucitfy me
Friend: so how u been kate
Friend: it’s been awhile
Not nearly long enough.
Have you ever used f—– to mean intoxicated? I never heard that. To me, to be f—– means to be in serious trouble. To be f—— up means to be intoxicated. During my freshman year of college, I was friends with a guy who constantly blasted the song “Get F—– Up” whenever we started drinking, and usually throughout the night.
I have never heard it used otherwise, but it might be different in other areas of the country and with different age groups. What do you think?
I’d like to hear your views on this.