No, it's not.........but I'm 52 yrs. old and I can assure you that in the 60's folks didn't use foul language like they do now. Sure men would say Damn or Hell...and on occasional Shite, but you rarely heard them say F@#k.
In time when I can't speak from personal experience I always love to turn to the great bastion of unquestionable information that is wikipedia -
In 1928, D. H. Lawrence
's novel Lady Chatterley's Lover
gained notoriety for its frequent use of the words f**k
, and f**king
. Perhaps the earliest usage of the word in popular music was the 1938 Eddy Duchin
release of the Louis Armstrong
song "Ol' Man Mose". The words created a scandal at the time, resulting in sales of 170,000 copies during the Great Depression
years when sales of 20,000 were considered blockbuster. The verse reads:
(We believe) He kicked the bucket,
(We believe) Yeah man, buck-buck-bucket,
(We believe) He kicked the bucket and ol' man mose is dead,
(We believe) Ahh, f**k it!
(We believe) Buck-buck-bucket,
(We believe) He kicked the bucket and ol' man mose is dead.
The liberal usage of the word (and other vulgarisms) by certain artists (such as James Joyce
, Henry Miller
, Lenny Bruce
, Peter Cook
and Dudley Moore
, in their Derek and Clive
personas) has led to the banning of their works and criminal charges of obscenity
. After Norman Mailer
's publishers convinced him to bowdlerize f**k
in his work The Naked and the Dead
), Tallulah Bankhead
supposedly greeted him with the quip
, "So you're the young man who can't spell f**k
." In fact, according to Mailer, the quip was devised by Bankhead's PR man
. He and Bankhead didn't meet until 1966 and did not discuss the word then. The rock group The Fugs
named themselves after the Mailer euphemism
The Catcher in the Rye
by J. D. Salinger
featured an early use of f**k you
in print. First published in the United States in 1951, the novel remains controversial to this day due to its use of the word, standing at number 13 for the most banned books from 1990–2000 according to the American Library Association.
The book offers a blunt portrayal of the main character's reaction to the existence of the word, and all that it means.
One of the earliest mainstream Hollywood
movies to use the word f**k
was director Robert Altman
's irreverent antiwar film, MASH
, released in 1970 at the height of the Vietnam War
. During the football game sequence about three-quarters of the way through the film, one of the MASH linemen says to an 8063rd offensive player, "All right, bud, your f**kin' head is coming right off." Also, former Beatle John Lennon
's 1971 release "Working Class Hero
" featured use of the word, which was rare in music at the time and caused it to, at most, be played only in segments on the radio.
In 1965, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson
said to the Greek ambassador Alexandros Matsas when he objected to American plans in Cyprus
, "F**k your parliament and your constitution."
During the 1968 Democratic National Convention
mayor Richard Daley
became so enraged by a speech from Abraham A. Ribicoff
that he shouted "F**k you!"
The films Ulysses
and I'll Never Forget What's'isname
) are contenders for being the first film to use the word 'f**k,' although the word 'f**king' is clearly mouthed silently in the film Sink the Bismarck!
), and the title character says it in the cartoon Bosko's Picture Show
In 1971, the U.S. Supreme Court
decided that the mere public display of f**k
is protected under the First
and Fourteenth Amendments
and cannot be made a criminal offense. In 1968, Paul Robert Cohen had been convicted of "disturbing the peace" for wearing a jacket with "F**K THE DRAFT" on it (in reference to conscription in the Vietnam War
). The conviction was upheld by the Court of Appeals and overturned by the Supreme Court. Cohen v. California
, 403 U.S. 15
None of that says anything about how much people used it, but I can't believe that if movie-makers, musicians and authors were trying to slip it in, with censorship being as bad as it was back then, that Marines in WWII weren't swearing constantly.
Edited by RDM, 24 March 2010 - 09:20 PM.