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How To Swear Like The New Yorker

Mary Norris, writing in The New Yorker, on the difference between "star fucker" and "star-fucker":

It no longer occurs to me to query the use of four-letter words, even when they are used gratuitously, as in "I missed the fucking bus." I used to be a prude, but now I am a ruined woman. We had a discussion in the copy department a few weeks ago about how to style the euphemism: Shall it be "f"-word, f word, f-word, "F" word, F word, or F-word? I don't like any of them. Fuck euphemisms. Get on the goddam fucking bus.

The fact that The New Yorker is debating the finer points of the word "fuck" is strangely comforting.