Newly hired News anchor A.J. Clemente drops a few curse words, including the f-bomb, and is fired.
If there really is a verbal “F-bomb” then our language has become a minefield of exploding munitions of which we have become tone deaf. I am beginning to no longer be surprised when even allegedly dignified people drop the word on television. When I was a youngster, even into mid adulthood, the “f-bomb” was the nuclear warhead in a person’s verbal arsenal and only to be deployed under exceptional circumstances. When you heard it, wow, you paid attention because the situation had to be epic. We must live in constantly exceptional, critical times give how liberally the word is used these days. And having expended the most potent word in our arsenal, there really is no curse word that exceeds it so some resort to repeating the word in the odd hope that a multiplication of bombs will somehow achieve the same effect as a single one did years ago.
Newly hired, and young, A.J. Clemente is a good example of how repeatedly using the word in normal conversation just leaked right over, unconsciously, into his professional communication. What was “normal” talk during his non-working time shows itself to be difficult to avoid splatting out in his work environment. Imagine being his co-host and trying to think of how to cover over that major blunder.
On April 20, 37-year old slugger David Ortiz capped a series of moving tributes and observances in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings with a brief speech to fans at Fenway Park, comprised of equal parts gratitude, fellowship and defiance. It also contained one exuberant f-bomb.
“This is our fucking city,” Ortiz roared during his remarks to the delight of the crowd.
The f-bomb is now linguistically a strengthening adjective. People use it to give more “umph” or gravitas to their words. While the FCC declined to penalize Ortiz for using the word on television, the fact still remains that our language has deteriorated so much that a coarse word for sex is actually used with pride to describe one’s hometown. I still cannot refrain from viewing people who liberally drop the f-bombs as those handicapped in their verbal skills. They lack the language to express themselves in any way but the most profane way (and easy way).