On Twitter, Merriam-Webster lexicographer Peter Sokolowski reminded us:
As he explained in subsequent tweets, Peter was wide-eyed over the origin and evolution of secular, including its French cognate, siècle. His remark was a resonant one, prompting many of us word lovers to offer our own instances. For me, his remark was right on the nose, shall we say, especially concerning some stronger language.
Shit we’ve seen around the Interwebs that you should give a fuck about:
“Barack Obama Is Out of Fucks,” Ben Dreyfuss’s comment on the State of the Union address.
“The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck,” by Mark Manson. “What we don’t realize is that there is a fine art of non-fuck-giving. People aren’t just born not giving a fuck. In fact, we’re born giving way too many fucks.”
And let’s not forget our own Stephen Chrisomalis, who last month posted “How Many Swears Can We Give?”