A whole book devoted to my favorite word.  It’s not that I use it that frequently.  But by keeping my powder dry, I get a small but very satisfying explosion of anger, frustration or sometimes humor.  The cover captures that effect but just imagine the big bang if they had used the word itself. 

The F Word

And  here's a review by Jonathon Green posted over at World Wide Words. 


5 Comments to !@%$#%@!

  1. Kat Warren's Gravatar Kat Warren
    September 22, 2009 at 11:30 am | Permalink

    Years ago, there was a Granta issue focussed on the Family. On the cover, they used the Philip Larkin line: “The Family: They Fuck You Up.” I treasure that issue. Here’s a pix.

  2. September 22, 2009 at 11:37 am | Permalink

    I love that Philip Larkin poem. and I might need to acquire a copy of the book – it’s one of my very favorite words and I use it a lot more than you do, I think.

  3. September 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm | Permalink

    Philip Larkin: This Be the Verse.
    The above-mentioned book being the source of my new favorite dog-days-of-summer expression, “hotter than a fresh-fucked fox in a forest fire.”

  4. September 23, 2009 at 2:42 am | Permalink

    That’s quite a tongue-twister, Lisa.
    Ans, Kate, I never in a million years would have pegged you for an ” F Word” sort of girl. Brava!

  5. nbm's Gravatar nbm
    September 24, 2009 at 6:58 am | Permalink

    Since “They fuck you up, your mum and dad” is pretty much the only* line of Larkin’s to have passed into popular culture, I was a bit stunned when my father gave me his Collected Poems as a birthday gift. I still don’t know if he meant it.
    *Possibly also “Sexual intercourse began / in 1963/ — which was rather late for me –/ Between the end of the Chatterly ban / and the Beatles’ first LP,” but that’s a bit less quotable.

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