Fuck: An Irreverent History of the F-Word by Rufus Lodge

By Rufus Lodge

An a laugh, informative, debatable and completely irreverent background of the world's favorite word.

F, U, C and okay -- 4 letters which can reason outrage, scandal, embarrassment or rapid aid in case you hit your thumb with a hammer.

In this wide-ranging and regularly hilarious heritage of the F-word, Rufus hotel searches out the origins of our language's hottest obscenity, and chronicles its dramatic arrival in our daily lives. As he discovers, the F-word will be heard between aristocrats and astronauts, rock stars and royals, poets and politicians, even within the corporation of dad Ted and Basil Brush.

No-one is secure from the F-word's outrageous development, as blameless animals, aromatic moms and squeaky-clean television hosts are dragged into the fray. the forged of characters comprises Shakespeare, the Beatles, Andy Murray, T.S. Eliot, Elton, Camilla and everybody unlucky sufficient to stay in an Austrian city with a truly embarrassing name.

F*** is a cavalcade of useful anecdotes, historic study, filthy jokes and definitions too devious for any first rate dictionary -- absolute to make you chuckle, and expand your vocabulary*.

* The writer takes no accountability for any embarrassment triggered whilst readers drop the F-bomb after interpreting this book.

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Berlin hoped that Britain would maintain a position of studied neutrality, giving free rein to German intimidation. In the event, Britain supported France, demonstrating that the Entente Cordiale established between the two countries a few years earlier was here to stay. It was to cement this sense of Franco-British solidarity, and of common challenges presented by rising powers around the world, that Poincaré travelled to London. Not everyone was willing to have Britain tied so closely to France.

In the seventeenth century the two countries’ armies had clashed on European battlefields, and their ships on the high seas. In the eighteenth century, as dynastic conflict evolved into an imperial rivalry, Britain and France fought the first global war, crossing swords and exchanging bullets in the Americas, in Asia and in Africa. The French had sought revenge in supporting America’s war for independence. At the time of the French Revolution, Paris had become the source of the dangerous heresies of Liberté, Egalité, Fraternité.

For a start, the country was perhaps more united than at any time in its recent history. It was more united than in , when France had buckled under the pressure of the Prussian advance, and ended up fighting a civil war on the streets of Paris between the forces of law and order and those of the Paris Commune. And it was more united than at the turn of the century. Then, the heat of the Dreyfus affair had divided families against themselves and turned old friends into sworn enemies. France had torn itself apart over the question of whether Captain Alfred Dreyfus – convicted of spying for Germany by a court martial in  – had been wrongly imprisoned in an army cover-up or whether he was evidence of Jewish treachery at the heart of the Republic.

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