The F-Bomb: Say Goodbye to Your Favorite Curse Word

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Adam Rabasca is the author of the blog Matzoh and Meatballs, and has written a manuscript by the same title. He has been published online at Intellectual Refuge, the Newer York, WordPlaySound and on Twitter at @AdamRabasca. He currently lives in Maine with his wife and two daughters, for whom Matzoh and Meatballs is written.


  1. Well, I’m Italian and I don’t swear very much and so don’t the people I know, at least not as much as I can hear in american movies and stuff. Anyway “vaffanculo” and it’s shortened version “‘fanculo” are surely common but not as much as used as “cazzo” (literally “c**k”) which is used in more similar way as *f**k”. And maybe because of the fact that catholic culture is so deeply found in Italy cursing against everything that’s Christian is very common for young people in the streets (but it’s a sort of taboo for mass media).

  2. Lynn Beisner says:

    Actually, you only need to refrain until your kids are no longer little parrots. I taught my kids that there are adult words that they should not repeat. We also taught them never to use those worinamorata hurt someone that they loved and not to use them in front of grandparents. In other words, we taught them respect, how to fight fair and kindness. In my experience, kids are not damaged when you cuss unless you make a big deal of banning those words. My rule for when it was okay for them to drop an f-bomb was when they were sure they could say it at home without saying it at school. They were responsible for not getting suspended for cussing, and my kids never did.

  3. That was f**king great. Hey,…what’s with the f**king asterisks?

  4. It sounds like Prince ! and I love it …..

  5. F???

  6. I recommend the Finnish “viitu” (vee-t(h)oo)
    Or “slippin’ rippin’ dang-dang, zarg-barg a ding-dong!”

  7. Not sure if you meant this post to be humorous, but it most definitely is. I love the word. It’s a staple in my vocabulary, except when I’m in the presence of my daughter or mom. Lol.

  8. Here’s what’s even funnier (which means “not-so-funny”): my two-year-old in this essay is now three-and-a-half (I like hyphens) and her younger sister, now about two, has most definitely dropped an f-bomb or seven, largely due to one slip-up on my end. So continues the cycle…

  9. HA HA

    Parenting is already ruining who you are as a person. Don’t worry, it gets worse.

  10. Interesting. I have a 7 yr old son and while I don’t curse unreservedly, I do curse. I’ve simply and calmly explained to him that those are grown up words and he can say them when he’s a grown up.
    No yelling, no reaction, no problem.
    Is he saying them when I’m not around….if he is, no one’s ever overheard him.

  11. Here’s what’s also interesting: now she’s making up new curse words. Anyone know what a “soulabip” is? I think she’s hanging around with the wrong kids at pre-K.

  12. I don’t hold back. Instead, I teach discretion. Now my three year old tells me to watch my mouth (at the right times.) He’s an excellent student. Except when we’re in heavy fu____g traffic; then he fires off the bombs like nobody’s business.

  13. Wait a few years or move abroad to somewhere other than Great Britain (where you will likley be deported for speaking so crass). My kids are 10, 6, and 4 and we now live in Israel where “sh*t” is practically a toddler’s first word. This opened the door to the “f” word which people use here as a noun, adjective and a verb. It’s f-ing delightful!

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