A Field Guide to the F Word explores its history from the fifteenth century, its blossoming in World War II, and its evolution into contemporary acceptance. Its linguistic and syntactic peculiarities are explained, alternative words evaluated, its etiquette and misuse clearly defined, and its nuances exposed—without The Word appearing in print. Charming, thought-provoking, playful, subtle, and all in good clean fun. A Field Guide to the F Word is your ticket to social success.
Firstly: don’t ask why I downloaded this. Things happen when you can get stuff for free!
This is a book written by former US military guy who seems to think the F-word was invented by his war buddies in WW2. So it’s very specific about what it focuses on! While it’s all a bit of fun, I actually would have liked a book that looked into the true history of the F-word. I spend more time than I should looking up the history and origin of words.
I liked the pictures:
Though, if there’s some significance to them, it was lost on me. As the author was in the military, I’m guessing there’s some in-joke I just don’t get.
As with any book of this kind, you have to be careful not to draw it out for too long, and I think the author got the length about right.
Basically, you get what the title promises: a guide for how to swear. That said, the word itself is deliberately never used in the text!
It’s just that this book is not for me. And somebody should probably tell the author World War Two had been going for years before the attack on Pearl Harbor!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.