Are F-Bombs Now Acceptable in Today’s Lexicon?

By Edward M. Bury, APR (aka The PRDude)

For the record, I’ve uttered f-bombs/the “f word” — you know what word I am referring to — on occasion.  Perhaps, many times too often.

I’ve used it as a derogation with the second-person personal pronoun attached, and the word has crossed my lips in the past tense and present participle versions as a verb.


Jimmy Kimmel has a lot of talent. That’s why he’s pandering to his audience by incorporating bleeped out f-bombs in his TV show comedy skits.

Anger, frustration, dismay or just wanting to sound or act cool can be cited as reasons for dropping an f-bomb, even though, there are many other words that also would suffice in these situations. “Damn,” for example.

Which brings me to the point of this post: These days, use of f-bombs has charged ahead under circumstances that I don’t find appropriate.

For example, on recent episodes of Jimmy Kimmel Live!, comedic segments included scripted dialogue that included f-bombs, bleeped out, of course. One segment involved scientists addressing global warming, the other featured the current star of the Bachelorette television show.

This is garbage, a guaranteed way to get a laugh.  Ha ha, but it’s not funny and it’s not clever.  And, in case you’re wondering, I didn’t laugh during either segment.

Staying on television, the use of f-bombs has long been part of reality television programs — many of which are quite “unreal” — most notably food shows featuring heavily tattooed cooks who add the f-bomb to their commentary in the heat of culinary competition. Yes, swearing makes you a better chef and the food will taste better.

Closer to home, this week two passengers on my CTA Blue Line L train discharged strong f-bombs to fellow commuters who they believed blocked them from trying to board the crowded car. What happened to “excuse me?”

In the grand scheme of things, I think f-bombs have a place in our society. I just don’t want to hear them on late night comedy or “unscripted” television programs, and especially when on a public conveyance during rush hour.

WTF! I deserve a break!

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