Use of the "f-word"

By Layron Livingston - bio - email

Posted by Ellen Krafve - email

Is it a sign of the times or a downward moral spiral? Too much slang is being slung around these days and one Tyler man says he's fed up...with one word in particular that's slipping out all too often. Of course, it all depends on who's doing the talking, and what they're saying.

We do want to warn you, though, this story is not dirty, but it is a little "dusty".

Tracy Knetsch clearly uses the word "fricking". She says it is a lot tamer than the alternative.

"Instead of saying the actual "f-word", they just say that," explained Knetsch.

"I'm up to here with it," said Will Beal. "I've had it."

Beal begs to differ; so much so, he wrote an editorial about it.

"Our language is a beautiful language, and we have enough words in it, descriptive words that we don't need to insert curse words or slang words," he said.

Hopefully before it makes it to the dictionary, but are we too late? We took out our dictionary to find out.

We got frichative, fricatrice, fricht, frichtsome and friction...but no "fricking". When we looked up "frigging" we found: fridgefact, friggle, to fright but no frigging.

No luck in print, but definitely printed online.

"I think it's a generation thing," said Knetsch.

"I could not say nothin', but yes sir and no sir," said Jeff Taylor, 83.

"We tried, our generation, to get away with everything, and now their generation is getting away with everything," said Knetsch.

Nina Worthington remembers once when she was little...

"My sister said, oh heck, and mother stuck her head in the door and said, oh Vita, quit that cussin'," said Worthington.

Penny Wilson has taught English for nearly 30 years.

"[When] teaching classics, you have to explain language was different then, and words have different meanings, but just because they've changed, doesn't always mean they're acceptable," said Wilson.

So, is it "cussing" as they say?

"It's a responsibility of the teacher and the administrator to assess the each situation, individually and make a judgment on what's taking place," said Jarrod Bitter, Director of Discipline at T.K. Gorman.

It is a debate that could continue into future generations.

"I feel it could get worse," said Knetsch. "Absolutely."

"To me, it doesn't mean nothing other than what it says," said Beal.

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