what age did you first say "fuck"?

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or, you know, equivalent?

i think i was in my teens! <-- massive priss
but my sister was four and it was on the beach when she dropped her bucket and spilled important seawater: she said it loud so it pealed out across the sands, and my parents, who were sunbathing, tried to lie on their blankets as if she was someone else's urchin monster

my niece (= 3.5, daughter of^^^) very seriously said "[her name] says bugger-shit!" to me about a month ago -- when i said that perhaps she DIDN'T say this, she said "No! "[her name] says ooooh nooooo", putting a really camp and sarcastic spin on the "oh no", and wiggling her hands and eyes around, to ensure we both knew we were both complicit in what was really being said

mark s, Friday, 2 September 2011 16:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

I don't remember the first time I said it, but I remember the first time I encountered it in print. I was nine and was reading my cousin's copy of the novelization of Rambo II and I remember pointing the word out to my mom and saying, "thats a REALLY bad one, right?". Iirc, it was difficult for her to stifle laughter.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 2 September 2011 16:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

have always said it tbh

even blue cows get the girls (darraghmac), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

seem to remember my brother threatening to beat me up for saying "bullcrap" or "bullcrud" once

still have not said "fuck" aloud to date, except when showering

dell (del), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh that got cut off

supposed to read "except when showering lustful affection on my s.o.'s"

dell (del), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

I didn't even hear that word until I was in 3rd grade. When I was in second-grade, I knew a girl who disclosed to me that her father nicknamed her "shitty britches" and I was very concerned about what kind of family they must have and hoped everything was okay at home.

My kid just knows not to cuss in front of one set of his grandparents and he should never cuss at school, but if he gets caught, to blame his knowledge on the other set of grandparents, who have agreed to take the fall.

esteenban HOOTez (kkvgz), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

About 7 I think. I thought it was spelt "fock" until I was about 11 lol Worcester accent.

The Eyeball Of Hull (Colonel Poo), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

I'm from an earlier generation than most here. The taboo against public use of "fuck" was very much operational when I grew up.

However, I can vividly recall one night when my brother and I (we shared a bedroom) got into a whispering and giggling fit one night trying to outdo one another by saying such brilliant stuff as "fuck Hostess Ding-Dongs!" or "fuck Deputy Dawg!" The topper, the one that made us both erupt in helpless laughter was, "fuck the friendly Texaco dealer!" I was probably about 7 years old and my brother 9.

Aimless, Friday, 2 September 2011 17:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

True story. When I was in fourth grade our teacher was reading bits of The Hobbit to us and one point asked us to create new characters for Tolkien's universe. I worked really hard on drawing this super awesome dwarf with tons of weapons and a really detailed beard with more hidden weapons, so much so that I neglected to name my character. When my teacher asked his name, I threw out the most unimaginative name ever. Dildo Daggins.

My teacher literally had to walk out of the room to keep from cracking up in front of us.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Friday, 2 September 2011 17:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Pizzataco Five (admrl), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

my sister cussing on the beach = c.1968, my niece saying "bugger-shit" = a month ago

mark s, Friday, 2 September 2011 17:13 (3 years ago) Permalink

I have no idea, but I think I was very young and copying all the other idiots who thought they were old/cool/tough.

First time I swore in front of my parents was when I absent-mindedly repeated my Dad's causal swearing.

"Did you eat my fucking roll?"
"I never touched your fucking roll! Oops oh shiiiit!"

Frimpong iddle I po (onimo), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

dad very rarely swore that i recall; mum swore quite a lot but never at us -- it def goes down the female line!

mark s, Friday, 2 September 2011 17:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

Probably when I was 5 or 6, because I heard my friends say it and didn't understand the concept of profanity when I was that young, like why it was OK to say "crap" but not "shit", even though they mean about the same thing.

Lee547 (Lee626), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

tbh it's still a fair question

even blue cows get the girls (darraghmac), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

The truest answer to the question of crap vs. shit would be far over the head of a child, especially since it rests on revealing how irrational adults often are.

Aimless, Friday, 2 September 2011 17:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

i used 'fuck' all the time. i was a foul-mouthed little boy.... think the first time i used it was perhaps when i was 6 or 7.

jizz inside of your nose (the table is the table), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

My parents cursed often and well, which meant I didn't need to. My first abashed "fuck" I said in ninth grade. Even now I employ it self-consciously, as in "I will now insert `fuck' into this sentence.'"

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

When I was about 7 I drew cartoons (or a bunch of ugly scribbles I liked to think of as cartoons, anyway) - I drew one at school with someone saying "oh fuckeroonie", which I thought was a brilliant word I had made up, and passed it around my friends, who found the word unusually hilarious and made me hide the cartoon when the headmistress came by, to my confusion

At the same age, kids at school threw around the word "shit" like nobody's business. I thought it was slang that only our school used, since I never heard it from my parents or on the kids' TV they let me watch. When we went on a schools' day out with other schools in the area I was surprised to hear the other kids saying it too.

I changed school a couple of years later and was shocked that the kids there said "damn" (lol posher school), cz my parents had told me never to say that, whereas they'd never mentioned "shit" or "fuck".

the ascent of nyan (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Oh I must have been in my teens. Maybe even later on. I went to a very strict school - we weren't even allowed to speak in a dialect on the playground - and I took it to heart. Nowadays? In English I will through in fuck quite a lot but in my own language I tend not to.

Nathalie (stevienixed), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

Unsurprisingly I learned it at school. It must have been first grade when I first uttered the word.

get even girls blue the cows (Michael White), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

had a fairly comprehensive portfolio of profanity by the time i reached school, probably before playgroup even

i have a vague memory of being given a parental wallop for calling someone a cunt which put me off using the word for a long time after, perhaps as much as 5 minutes

Once Were Moderators (DG), Friday, 2 September 2011 17:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

i said the n-word and lex pretend's parents flew over the pondy wondy and gave me a right good thrashing, pip pip

delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 2 September 2011 18:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Anakin Ska Walker (AKA Skarth Vader) (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 2 September 2011 18:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

hahaha

delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), Friday, 2 September 2011 18:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

5 yrs old - yelled it into a microphone at a party in front of my mortified mother

Darin, Friday, 2 September 2011 18:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

what age did you first say "perchance"?

Birth Control is Sinful in the ILE Marriages (Latham Green), Friday, 2 September 2011 18:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

i said the n-word and lex pretend's parents flew over the pondy wondy and gave me a right good thrashing, pip pip

― delmar dillinger (Whiney G. Weingarten), vrijdag 2 september 2011 20:25 (32 minutes ago) Bookmark

rofl... the "pip pip" at the end kills me

Vision Kreayshawn Newsun (Le Bateau Ivre), Friday, 2 September 2011 18:58 (3 years ago) Permalink

dying

I can feel it in my spiritual hat (Shakey Mo Collier), Friday, 2 September 2011 18:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

3 yr old my gf babysits keeps saying "god damn it" at quiet moments in this long drawn out resigned way its hilarious

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Friday, 2 September 2011 19:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

suggest unbanned whiney

even blue cows get the girls (darraghmac), Friday, 2 September 2011 19:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

Throughout my earlier childhood I had a virtual phobia of swearing, despite the fact that my parents weren't completely averse to it. I'd go as far as to spell out any controversial word when relating its occurrence - whether it was f-a-r-t or the dreaded b-l-o-o-d-y. Eventually, I relented and began using anything up to and including 'shit' - but two words remained verboten.

It was when I was 14, in the school dining hall. A friend of mine (although back then more of a low-level bully - weird how the dynamic shifted) was, as usual, trying to wind me up. He knew full well of my aversion. So it was that he made his fateful accusation: "You fuck horses". To which my response: "I don't fuck...................oh".

This was obviously a disaster, and disastrous times require stern measures. Namely, mental tabulation of the precise number of times that foul word had passed my lips. Once the first had happened, it was inevitable that without a virginity to preserve, I'd find it easier to fall prey, and so it proved. However, I retained a particle of self-control, compounded by a keen memory, and the fruits of my obsession tallied thirty-six fucks (lamentably annexed by two cunts - how the star had fallen!) when the edifice I'd spent my youth upon was annhilated for good.

For then it was that other school-friends of mine, having grown aware of my unique disincentive, gathered about me in counsel and beseeched that I depart this misery once and for all. "Try it, just swear! Just say fuck!" Well, what was I to do? I yielded, haltingly at first, but then with a savage catharsis, repeatedly, at the four walls of the room, out through the door and into the world beyond. Out, out they flew, uncountable myriad, dashing to as many pieces the resolve of yesterday! Fuck! Cunt! Fuck! Fuck! Fuck!

I often think back to that moment where I leapt the precipice, and I wonder whether sometimes integrity is a thing best left slain. But really, it wasn't a fact of integrity. There were thirty-eight reasons I did what I did, and whatever the number is now, I know more firmly than ever that it is the other words which count for most.

once a week is ample, Friday, 2 September 2011 22:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah, the thing that made me and my sister laugh so much re my niece is that she was pulling off inflections and substitutions and facial expressions which were totally "d00d it;ls the 21st century get with the programme!" -- but she's very good at making us laugh, which is probably storing up trouble (she can get out of bother with US, she knows how to put on a show, but at some point she's going to encounter someone with another set of rules)

my mum would have found this all VERY funny

mark s, Friday, 2 September 2011 23:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was about 16, I think. My parents didn't curse around me until I was about 18-19, even though I'd pretty much gotten the (correct) impression that my mother had a filthy mouth much earlier.

Christine Green Leafy Dragon Indigo, Saturday, 3 September 2011 03:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

Probably not until I was 12. I didn't know what it meant.

corey, Saturday, 3 September 2011 03:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

I very clearly remember deciding to say it in a conversation when I was 11.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Saturday, 3 September 2011 23:22 (3 years ago) Permalink

i first said 'cunt' when i was 7 iirc

good times

diouf est le papa du foot galsen merde lè haters (nakhchivan), Saturday, 3 September 2011 23:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

Age 6. My friends were debating as to whether the correct spelling was "fuk" or "fuck", so I asked my mom.

ockfen aprilscherz (Ówen P.), Sunday, 4 September 2011 02:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

Said it v young. Wrote it on the board in huge writing aged six, got in bug trouble. Rebel.

LocalGarda, Sunday, 4 September 2011 03:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

Big trouble, no bugs present.

LocalGarda, Sunday, 4 September 2011 03:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

still waiting for the right moment, it's gonna be awesome

Guayaquil (eephus!), Sunday, 4 September 2011 03:34 (3 years ago) Permalink

12? Always said bloody hell.

jel --, Sunday, 4 September 2011 11:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

jel i find it hard to believe you have ever said fuck! you are way too nice

ps it is time you ventured into central london again to visit us

mark s, Sunday, 4 September 2011 11:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

further to my accidental discovery of the word aged 7, I probably didn't use it again until a conspiratorial "lol rude words" conversation with schoolfriends aged about 10, and didn't attempt to insert it nonchalantly into a sentence until I was 12 or so and trying to sound tough (at school, again)

it probably didn't slip out unplanned until at least 18, but now I have a bad habit of muttering it if things go even mildly wrong, or occasionally if I'm on my own and have just randomly been struck by the memory of something stupid or embarrassing from a decade ago

was rather naive re: cunt, however; probably didn't even know this was a word until well into my teens. remember reading magazine interviews aged 13-14 and being confused as to why they'd starred "c***" out cz neither "crap" nor "cock" made sense or seemed worth starring

the ascent of nyan (a passing spacecadet), Sunday, 4 September 2011 13:01 (3 years ago) Permalink

called my lil brother a cunt when i was nine, it was just another word i'd learned off the headmaster's son tbh. He told on me, i got destroyed.

even blue cows get the girls (darraghmac), Sunday, 4 September 2011 13:39 (3 years ago) Permalink


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