You may have noticed the recent absence of the term fuck on this circus. Fuck has left the building. I started this blog using f*ck, then fu*k. I geeked out, and switched to frak. Fuck made its official entrance in March… it was exhilarating. I celebrated by using it everywhere I could: tags, titles, content, captions… Fuck ruled.
Most of my readers know that I am French Canadian – I was born and raised in a French-speaking family, I went to French school, and I graduated with a B.A. in French Literature. On the other hand, I grew up in an English neighbourhood, my friends were English speaking, and I mostly dated English Canadians. I’m your typical Montrealer, culturally schizophrenic. As much as I struggle to make sense of the English prose, I am more comfortable writing in my second language. It’s the strangest thing.
Fuck comes very handy when you lack vocabulary. Lynne from Free Penny Press will write: “This is our human assignment”, while Le Clown will eloquently say: “Fuck it”. Fuck is my go-to word when I lack the proper qualifier. Fuck is also my go-to word when my temper tips overboard, in whatever language I might be losing my marbles. About a month ago, I announced that I was going to blog under two monikers: Le Clown and L’Éric. Fuck was going to become a problem if I wanted to define two distinct voices. Le Clown splurges in profanities while L’Éric might flirt with the idea of cursing. What the fuck was I going to do with my go-to word? The answer was simple: as a writer, I was going to refer to an online translator when I couldn’t come up with an English equivalent. If the English equivalent had already been used in my post, I was going to refer to the online thesaurus.
What I will not do (fuck will not completely fade away… a well-inserted fuck can pack a bigger punch than its poetic comrades) is use a censored version of the term. There will be no feck, no f*ck, no ****. Fuck has its Webster entry, and on A Clown on Fire, Fuck will share the spotlight with other magnificent, poetic descriptives. Modus omnibus in rebus.
What is your take on fuck?