Briefly noted: the shalom of curse words

On an Inside the Actors Studio show I saw this morning with Billy Crystal as guest, host James Lipton asked the standard question, “What is your favorite curse word?” To which Crystal replied:

Fuck. Fuck is the shalom of cursewords.

— meaning, that, like shalom, fuck is enormously versatile, a claim that Crystal then illustrated by reeling off a long string of uses, all of which were of course bleeped.

(On the versatility of fuck, see Jesse Sheidlower’s The F Word.)

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