This week’s prompt: “four-letter word.”
One of life’s joys is the appropriately placed four-letter word. So easily do we squirm when such things are uttered or for that matter implied in conversation or in forums such as SOC.
The thing about the words we all cringe from but at various times find our tongues getting us in to trouble is that they are all harsh sounding words.
You spit them out from between your teeth and no matter how hard you try it’s hard to say them with any softness. After all to say to someone in anger ‘go get soft’ doesn’t quite make it in terms of intention.
I once attend a lecture on the obscene words in our language. It was advertised a week ahead and was one of the most well attended lectures at the place of higher learning I was attending.
I own a DVD, which goes into the origins and uses of the famous ‘fuck’ word. It’s been around a long time and has so many meanings and I’m sure many yet to be evolved. Said in anger it can be terrifying, threatening, affronting and down right wrong.
I was always intrigued that in Shakespeare’s time such words were edited out of his scripts but he found round about ways of describing sex and all that went with it, plus the violence of some of his plays was allowed. I mean to be referred to as ‘a rhinoceros’ pizzle’ hardly strikes fear into you does it.
Though he found ways of using the ‘c’ word as well.
In Hamlet, Hamlet is saying to Ophelia:
Hamlet: Lady, shall I lie in your lap?
Ophelia: No, my lord.
Hamlet: I mean, my head upon your lap?
Ophelia: Ay, my lord.
Hamlet: Do you think I meant country matters?
The expression ‘country matters’ says it all.
I was intrigued once to discover a book written by a guy who had spent obviously a lot of time researching the use of obscenity in Shakespeare, to have written a book suggests there is a lot of it in the plays.
No matter where we go now days we are confronted by the use of four letter words in our everyday life.
They are with us, have been with us, are spoken in high places, in low places and places in between.
Don’t well damn the four-letter word, use it with meaning!!