I think the F word is on its way out.
All swear words are, probably. They are getting to be too commonplace to be all that shocking any more.
This was a girl with HER MOTHER at Bumbershoot last weekend. Wearing a shirt with the F word on it like it was no big deal.
I also saw some other girl wearing a pair of pants with the F word stenciled along the butt in rhinestones. Did you hear me? Rhinestones. All Juicy Couture style.
And last week I was at the Theatre. Guess what? The F word shows up on all the new tee shirts and other merch for the musical Spring Awakening. Not to mention being set to music.
Anyway. Once a word is okay around mothers, shows up on track pants in rhinestones, and gets sung in Broadway musicals, it just seems like we are missing the point of having a good swear word or two.
Do you think someone is going to invent something to top the F word? It seems likely that something is going to have to come along to take its place, but I can't even imagine what it might be. Nothing seems to raise many eyebrows anymore.
(Maybe we shouldn't write our suggestions in the comment section, though.)