The term “fuck” is short and punchy; its usage limitless. Perhaps its most impressive quality is its versatility: it can be used as a noun, an adverb, a verb, an adjective, an interjection, or really anything you want it to be.
So, how to use this multipurpose expletive in real life? Here are 50 ways to do so. Sensitive souls please
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#1 What the fuck?!
Used to express incredulity, shock, surprise, confusion or anger. Also abbreviated online or in texts as “WTF”. Can be shorted to “the fuck?!” or the web version “dafuq?!”
#2 Go fuck yourself!
English speakers will use this expression to show anger, contempt or frustration towards someone. This is one you can take personally.
A classic of the genre. Sometimes simplest is best. An interjection used to express a wide range of emotions: anger, pain, surprise, hatred, boredom – it contains multitudes.
#4 Fuck my life or FML
Full version and online acronym for “fuck my life”, used to describes one’s misfortunes.
#5 Motherfucker or Mfer or Mofo
A grave insult to traditional family values. Can be abbreviated to “mofo” or “mfer”. Also a solid branding opportunity.
#6 Holy fuck!
Expresses surprise or anger. To avoid especially in religious contexts.
#7 I don’t give a fuck or IDGAF
Can be shortened to IDGAF – emphatic, edgier version of “I don’t care” or “I couldn’t care less”.
#8 Fuck me!
Used to show anger, surprise, bewilderment or frustration, sometimes directed at oneself.
Example: “Fuck me! It’s raining and I just missed the bus.
#9 To be or get fucked / fucked over (by a company); To fuck somebody around or about (chiefly UK)
To be treated unfairly or harshly, in a damaging manner.
Example: The country really fucked me over by denying me my voting rights.
#10 Fuck this!; Fuck that!
Used to express disdain, impatience or frustration with an activity or situation.
#11 Fuck it!
Used to express indifference or frustration, or a “what the hell?” “who cares?” attitude.
Example: I forgot my keys inside the house. Fuck it! I’m just going to climb the fence.
#12 To fuck up
To make a mistake or do something badly.
Example: I was having a bad day and told my boss to fuck off. I’ve really fucked up this time.
#13 (Tired) as fuck, (Tired) AF
An informal synonym of “very”, “quite” or “a lot”. Often abbreviated to “AF” online or in text messages.
Example: I’m tired AF after working all week, I think I’ll get drunk AF.
#14 For fuck’s sake or FFS
Also known as “FFS” online, this exclamation is used to express frustration, annoyance or anger. More polite alternatives are “for crying out loud” or “for goodness’s sake”.
#15 To fuck around; to fuck about
Describes someone who behaves stupidly or carelessly, or to waste time. “To fuck about” is chiefly British. They’re so sophisticated.
Example: Stop fucking around and get dressed – we’re going to be late!
#16 Shut the fuck up! or STFU
Often abbreviated to “STFU”, this acronym is used to add emphasis to “shut up”, a rude demand for someone to stop talking or making noise.
Offensive word for a stupid or an annoying person.
#18 To give a fuck
If you “don’t” give a fuck, that means you don’t care about somebody or something. If you “do” give a fuck, it means you care.
#19 Fuck off!
A more vulgar synonym of “piss off”, “go away” or “get lost”. Instructions for someone to leave or stop bothering you.
#20 A fuck buddy
Refers to a casual sexual partner without a romantic attachment. Who says romance is dead?
#21 Fuck yeah!; Fuck no!
Both interjections can be used when you strongly agree or disagree about something or with someone.
#22 To fuck with someone
To treat someone poorly, in a way that may cause anger or violence. Also used in a more friendly context meaning to tease someone or play around with them.
Example: I was just fucking with you – I didn’t really produce the Pixar film Ratatouille.
#23 A fuckboi / a fuck boy
Introduced by the hip hop movement, refers to a callous womanizer who treats women unfairly or poorly. A pejorative term used by women and men alike.
#24 Get fucked!
Used to express refusal, disinterest and anger. Close in meaning to “go away”, “screw you”, and “piss off”.
#25 (The air conditioner is) fucked
The adjective “fucked” can refer to something broken or in bad condition, or refer to someone finding themselves in a difficult situation, being very tired or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
#26 Fuck a duck!
Slang interjection used to express anger, frustration, or contempt. Especially insulting to ducks.
#27 Fuck around and find out, or FAFO
Internet catchphrase warning that a particular action could result in unwanted consequences. Used as a hashtag on Twitter during the 2020 US Presidential election, warning of the consequences Trump’s reelection would cause.
#28 (To have) fuck all
Nothing at all or very little.
Example: After my trip to Las Vegas, I had fuck all left in my savings account.
#29 A fuck up
Refers to someone who is incompetent or who frequently makes mistakes.
#30 Fuck as a “tmesis”
Fuck can also be used as a tmesis (a term inserted into the middle of an existing word for emphasis or color).
Example: Absofucking-lutely! (instead of “absolutely!)
#31 Fuck you!
Sometimes nothing beats the original. Synonym of “go to hell”, “fuck you” is an insult used to express hatred, frustration or exasperation.
#32 (A) fucking (disaster)
Adjective used to add emphasis.
Example: This party is fucking amazing!
#33 (A) fucking (terrible situation)
Adverb used to add emphasis.
Example: This French grammar exercise is so fucking difficult.
#34 A fucker
Noun which describes a stupid or unpleasant person or thing.
#35 A clusterfuck
Describes a chaotic situation in which many mistakes or problems arise at the same time.
Example: The traffic on 101 is a clusterfuck this morning. Should have taken a helicopter.
#36 Fuckload; Fuckton
A very large number or amount – can be written “fuckloads’ or “a fuckload”.
Example: There are fuckloads of people in the subway this morning, and none of them are wearing masks.
#37 (Who the) fuck knows?
An expression meaning “nobody knows” or “I have no idea”.
#38 Fucking hell!
An exclamation of bewilderment, great surprise or anger. Chiefly British. They’re so elegant!
#39 The noun “fuck”
Can refer to the act of sexual intercourse, describe a sexual partner or experience, or an unpleasant or rude person. So versatile!
#40 Fucked up beyond all recognition or FUBAR
Also known as the acronym “FUBAR”, the expression gained popularity due to its use by soldiers during World War II.
#41 Fucking A or Fucking A right!
Expresses astonishment or bewilderment, or strong agreement. Possibly an ironically shortened and ruder form of the US military term “affirmative”.
– Did you finally get promoted?
– Fucking A right I did!
#42 Fuck this for a game of soldiers!
A dated British slang phrase used to express a sense of exasperation or impatience towards a situation.
#43 Bumfuck (nowhere)
Describes “the middle of nowhere”, an isolated and remote place, often far from what people consider “civilization”.
Example: I can’t believe you booked a house in such a bumfuck place. What are we going to do all week?
Synonym of “bullshit” or “nonsense”, and a term once used to refer to a brothel.
#45 To be mindfucked; a mindfuck
Describes a disturbing or confusing psychological tactic or trick. Similar to having one’s “mind blown” or to be “mind blown”.
– I can’t get over the latest Vin Diesel film. It’s a masterpiece. I’m literally mindfucked right now.
-That’s not what “literally” means.
#46 No fucks given; Zero fucks given
A phrase used to emphasize that one does not care about something at all.
Example: I just had two margaritas in 10 minutes – no fucks given, it’s the weekend after all.
#47 (Get the) Fuck out of here, or FOH
Can be abbreviated to FOH – used when someone is lying, talking nonsense or has exaggerated something.
Example: Fuck out of here – you didn’t get 100% on your Gymglish lesson!
#48 Dumbfuck; fuckwit; fuckwad
Used to refer to a stupid or unpleasant person.
#49 An F-bomb; To drop an “F-bomb”
A sanitized manner to refer to the word “fuck” or the expression “fuck you”.
Example: After reading this blog post, I feel like dropping F-bombs left, right and center.
#50 To be royally fucked
To be damaged irreparably, beyond repair, or to be stuck in an undesirable situation. No relation to the Royal family or Kansas City Royals.
Example: If this list doesn’t end soon, my day will be royally fucked.
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