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Is the F word necessary?

I have just started to read the latest short story in the New Yorker.  It just so happens that it is written by fellow Irish man Roddy Doyle.  Just as one gets to the third, fourth paragraph I note that the word F****ing is used three times, in that one paragraph.  I am trying to figure out this whole thing to do with use of ''bad'' language in fiction.  I am trying to gauge if it is purely an Irish thing......I note that when I visit California, about once a year, that the use of ''bad'' language is not that obvious, i.e. on the street, in common everyday situations, whereas here it seems to be part of the natural vocabulary for many people here.  I also wonder if there is a little shock value to be gained from using the F word? Is it still considered to be a little daring. Don't know.  Any suggestions appreciated?

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The F word

Alas! Saying it in public retains little shock value anymore. Fortunately, doing it in public still does.

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Okay Mr. Shay whatever you

Okay Mr. Shay whatever you say.  But  I think its a little bit jaded, corny and passe and what else hasn't been said!

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Language should fit the

Language should fit the circumstance if it is to have power. Some things in life are acursed, so why not curses to deal with them? Otherwise, there will be some aspects of life that cannot be communicated at all. The trick with the word f***ing is to make sure it doesn't lose it's power as an adjective through overuse. Then the speaker begins to sound like a hopeless cynic, unless, of course, a writer is trying to create a character who IS a hopeless cynic.