Discussion Forum

Please consider registering
guest

Log In Register

Register | Lost password?
Advanced Search

— Forum Scope —

  

— Match —

   

— Forum Options —

   

Minimum search word length is 4 characters - maximum search word length is 84 characters

Topic RSS
Hyde Park on Hudson and F*#%
Was use of F*#% in Hype Park on Hudson correct to the period?
Topic Rating: 0 (0 votes) 
2013/01/07
4:55am
christopherwdaley
Member
Forum Posts: 5
Member Since:
2012/01/29
Offline
1
0

In Laura Linney’s latest movie, Hyde Park on Hudson, one character uses F*#% and it caught me off guard. The movie is set among the part of FDR’s administration that would stay with him at his ancestral home in update state NY. The specific scene happens around 1939. The curse is uttered by the President’s body man, a character who sees to the President’s personal needs (driving his car, carrying him around when his wheelchair isn’t available, etc.) At one stressful point, this character, who is running through the woods at night at the time (so not in a social situation), uses  F*#%.  

It completely took me out of the movie because it felt like a term that wasn’t in popular use in 1939. I had no justification for this feeling, though. And my friends who went to the movie with me didn’t find it odd at all.

The quick poking around I did online wasn’t helpful. Does anyone know when  F*#% became a common enough part of the  vernacular  that it would be used in a situation like this?

 

Thanks in advance,

 

Chris

2013/01/07
8:27am
Robert
Member
Forum Posts: 439
Member Since:
2011/10/03
Offline

I cannot point to a classic movie pre-1960 or any media before then that uses that word. That makes me feel like the word was not used so often back then.

But I say it is an absolutely fair speculation that the word is so natural for exclamations and curses, that it must have been used that way since the very beginning of language, all languages.

But if you are talking about pinning down when exactly it took on that form, sound and spelling, that’s different.

2013/01/07
9:00am
Admin
Forum Posts: 653
Member Since:
2007/08/23
Offline
3
0

The Oxford English Dictionary has:

fuck, int.
Expressing anger, despair, frustration, alarm, etc.
1929 F. Manning Middle Parts of Fortune II. 161 A man..uttered under his breath a monosyllabic curse. ‘Fuck.’

Obviously, the word is used as an interjection in the spoken language (maybe especially this coarse word, long) before it is committed to print.

2013/01/07
11:47am
Glenn
Admin
Forum Posts: 1618
Member Since:
2009/03/03
Offline
4
0

It demands me to ask myself whatever did they (*I*) say prior to F∩ ¢â‰¤? The mind boggles.

2013/01/07
2:03pm
Ron Draney
Member
Forum Posts: 633
Member Since:
2009/03/06
Offline
5
0

Interfering with attempts to find this word in print in or around 1939 is the fact that it was quite literally considered “unprintable” at that time.

Likewise, you won’t find it in any popular films of the time because of the Hays Office.

However, there are certain bawdy songs that were recorded on “party records” that, while they may not explicitly use such language, imply it in ways that make it clear that the word was not only used, but the common folk were expected to recognize the allusion.

2013/01/07
2:08pm
New River, AZ, USA
Member
Forum Posts: 792
Member Since:
2010/05/18
Offline

Well this result from Ngram is interesting. Seems like the term fell out of use for pretty much 150 years. Previous to that, the citations have a confusing mix of uses and meanings. Its resurgence as an interjection/exclamation in the 60s-70s is not surprising.

 

2013/05/10
9:08am
AnMa
Member
Forum Posts: 67
Member Since:
2009/06/09
Offline
7
0

The word was literally not allowed in print or in movies until approximately Catcher in the Rye, but it has one of the oldest pedigrees of any English word, so it seems to me that it’s almost certain that people have been using it all along.

Forum Timezone: America/Los_Angeles

Most Users Ever Online: 1147

Currently Online:
1 Guest(s)

Currently Browsing this Page:
1 Guest(s)

Top Posters:

Heimhenge: 792

Bob Bridges: 675

Ron Draney: 633

Robert: 439

RobertB: 423

tromboniator: 400

Dick: 398

samaphore: 312

deaconB: 297

dilettante: 287

Member Stats:

Guest Posters: 608

Members: 2993

Moderators: 1

Admins: 5

Forum Stats:

Groups: 1

Forums: 1

Topics: 3172

Posts: 16815

Newest Members: Nancy, aerushing, Patzer, brienne77, McInbass, dsouthern36, tjintheville, jamiecordon, Uffda, LisaS

Administrators: Martha Barnette: 820, Grant Barrett: 1425, EmmettRedd: 653, Glenn: 1618, timfelten: 0