'Surveys of the British population claim that the Nation's Favourite Word is 'serendipity', 'nincompoop', or - isn't this sweet? - 'love'.
Reading that first line was almost enough to make me smash my own head in with a hammer and if I accidentally survived look into moving to Spain, post haste. I fucking despair with people sometimes. I had some waffles in the cupboard though, so I just ate two of those covered in nutella and came back much calmer to continue reading. I am glad that I did.
Fuck: An irreverent history of the F-word does what it says on the tin: a fair amount of history about where the word may or may not have come from, and then lots of stuff about how the word is used, its versatility, and where we might find it in the past, as well as in popular culture, from films to telly to banned books and naughty songs.
It is a fucking huge collection of fucks for what is quite a small book. I love the fucks, I love to fuck, I just fucking love all the words really, and fuck is a wonderful example of a properly fucking powerful one.
Recommended whether you fuck or not.