Here’s something you don’t see every day. Tucked inside a large envelope from Oxford University Press was a press release that announces:
“FOR IMMEDIATE F*ING RELEASE”
The symbols are not mine; they were in place of the “U,” “C,” and—well, you get the picture.
Why the dirty language from, of all groups, the Oxford University Press? The press release is for a newly updated book, The F Word, by Jesse Sheidlower, which details the history of the word and then lists and defines its many, many uses.
“Now in a thoroughly updated edition of The F-Word, Jesse Sheidlower,[Oxford English Dictionary] editor-at-large, offers a rich, revealing look at the f-bomb and its illimitable uses,” according to the press releases.
The press release includes six quotes not about the book exactly, but about the word—and in these cases the "U," "C" and "K" are not replaced by symbols. The quotes come from a variety of famous people including J.D. Salinger, Lenny Bruce, Joan Crawford and Amy Winehouse, who’s attributed with saying, “What kind of f***ery is this?” (The definition of that word is in the book, in case you’re curious.)
I'm definitely reading this book. I'll keep you updated.