F no longer equals N
Disclaimer: I watch little to no TV. I haven’t been to a movie (at a movie theater) for several years. I’m likely a “little” out of touch with popular culture. With that in mind, I offer the following.
Last night Shana and I were watching a new series on Amazon Prime (Mozart in the Jungle). We’ve watched several episodes, and all have a lot of your “normal” cussing. The show also has – what seems to me – a rather prolific use of what we used to call the F word. You know the one.
I’m not sure what that bothers me so much. Maybe I’m becoming an old fogey, unhip and unwise to the real world out there. Maybe it’s a Midwestern prudishness. I know I travel in different circles than the characters in the series. I certainly don’t work in an artistic, creative environment like a symphony orchestra. But, having said all that, it still seems like an overabundance of the F word. Where I work, it would be considered very bad form to use the F word in a meeting. We cuss a little, “damn” and maybe “shit” – but it’s been a long time since someone let loose with the big F-enheimer.
It bothers me how common-place the F word – especially among young people. When I was a kid, the F word was almost equivalent to the N word. If you used either, you quickly looked in both directions to make sure no grown-ups overheard you.