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  • This trope is the reason why you don't, uh, fuck with Christian Bale. Here's some audio proof. This epic rant was the result of a lighting assistant walking on set during the shooting of Terminator Salvation. Every time a light technician or other crew member walks onto the set during filming, the take is useless. The shot has to be reset, the actors have to wait around for ten minutes to half an hour and try to keep up the energy so it doesn't look like they're completely bored when they do the next take. And this guy did it one time too many.
  • David Jaffe, essentially knows no social context, and will sprinkle these into his speech whether it be on his personal blog, while doing interviews, or appearing on a panel of guests. Most of the time he's not even upset when he says it.
  • The founder of the Parti Quebecois, Rene Levesque, is famed among other things for being the first person to utter the word "fuck" on television in Canada, as noted by Bowser and Blue in their aforementioned song. "C'était foké."
    • Please note that "fuck" in Quebec French is a mild Expletive and an Anglicism. The direct equivalent is… just pick any of them.
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  • EGM once noted that, in person, John Madden seems to say "fuck" every other word, and his most impressive power is the ability to stop doing this when he goes on-air. This may explain his sometimes redundant speaking style; he's concentrating too hard on not cussing to say anything informative.
  • An amusing now-PG version is recorded in a letter to Abraham Lincoln from a slavery proponent:
    God damn your god damned old hellfired god damned soul to hell god damn you and goddam your god damned family's god damned hellfired god damned soul to hell and good damnation god damn them and god damn your god damned friends to hell.
  • Not used by Richard Nixon. Contrary to popular belief, most of the "expletives deleted" were apparently "hell" and "damn", and at the worst "shit".
    • However, Nixon publicly campaigned on being against swearing, arguing that Harry Truman—a master of profanity — ruined the dignity of the office. Those "expletives deleted" merely revealed Nixon as a hypocrite. Among other things.
  • Harry Truman had an infamously foul mouth. So much so that his political opponents tried to use it against him, saying that a person who cursed so often lacked the dignity to hold high office. While he was serving as an artillery commander during World War I, his troops tried to flee during an enemy assault. He let loose with a stream of curses so loud, long, and foul that his men were stunned into holding their ground and he managed to rally them into a successful counterattack.
    • Even when he became President, he had a bit of trouble. There is a story that he was commenting about one of the White House gardens and how he didn't care for the scent left by the manure they were spreading on the flowerbeds. When somebody complained to his wife, saying that he should instead say "fertilizer", she simply responded, "You know how hard it was for me just to get him to say 'manure'?"
  • Rahm Emanuel, formerly a US Congressman, White House Chief of Staff, and mayor of Chicago, is notorious for this.
    Actual quote to PA Congressman Joe Sestak on the phone: If you fuck this up I will fuck you, I will kill you. All right, I love you. Bye.
    • Lampooned by none other than his former boss, Barack Obama, [paraphrased] "Rahm is having trouble with this holiday, he's not used to saying the word 'Day' after 'Mother'".
    • A bit of controversy erupted when he was chosen to be Obama's Chief of Staff. One reporter on NPR described him in Lewis Black's terms (below) as "using the F word like a comma." Another reporter described a plaque in Emanuel's office as having the text, "The Secretary of ____ Off." (Of course they had to bowdlerize for broadcast, as this was Morning Edition.)
      • And the quote by Obama: "Apparently, Eric [Massa, Democratic Member of Congress from New York] claimed that Rahm Emanuel came up to him in the House locker room, stark naked, screaming obscenities at him. To which I say, 'welcome to my world'."
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    • He refers to Washington, D.C. as "Fucknutsville", uses "fucker" as a term of endearment, and once jumped on a table and shouted, "The Republicans can go fuck themselves!" Yeah, he's practically this trope personified.
    • Well, as H.R. Haldeman once remarked, every president needs a son of a bitch…
  • Speaking of Illinois politicians, former governor (and current convict) Rod Blagojevich rode this trope. One reporter who read transcripts of Rod's conversations recorded by FBI wiretaps said it was like reading a transcript of The Sopranos.
  • Eastern New England. The Departed and Stephen King didn't pull it out of their asses.
    • Hell, New England in general. "Fuck" and its many variations are basically additional punctuation here, with "Jesus fuckin' Christ!" being a catch-all phrase for virtually anything major or unexpected.
  • The legendary Troggs Tapes. Definitely NSFW.
  • The Aristocrats joke is pretty much built around this trope in about half of its renditions.
  • This footage of two fishermen catching a sunfish is a perfect example.
  • He's here, he's der, he's swearing everywhere, Joe Kin-near, Joe Kin-near! Interim Newcastle United boss Joe Kinnear didn't get on well with the press, to say the least.
  • Lee Elia, then-manager of baseball's Chicago Cubs, delivered this tirade at a postgame press conference in 1983, serving up his opinion of the Cub fans who had been booing his woebegotten team.
    • Jay Johnstone copied and printed the whole thing in his book Temporary Insanity. He had very good reason; Johnstone was a member of that Cubs team and he, among others, were fired up and did better once he got that… fervent show of true support from Elia. The coach still lost his job at the end of the season, however, likely due in large part to this truly inspired flood of invective. Elia himself never complained about it, although that could be because the first thing he said before the F-bombing run was "QUOTE ME". They did.
  • In Game 4 of the 1977 World Fucking Series, Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda came out to remove pitcher Doug Rau after Rau surrendered three straight hits to the Yankees. When Rau protested… well, listen to it here.
    • Here's some more moments in f-bombing with Lasorda, the Joe Pesci of the baseball diamond.
  • The Orioles' Earl Weaver goes off on umpire Bill Haller during a 1980 game against Detroit.
    • And here's Weaver sharing his thoughts while answering fan questions during a pregame radio show "on the Baltimore Oriole Baseball Fucking Network".
  • Speaking of Detroit; the residents are 'quite passionate' about getting things done, as demonstrated by one particular interview.
  • Ichiro Suzuki, a now-retired Japanese player most notable in North America for his years with the Seattle Mariners, in practice used an interpreter for English-language interviews. That never stopped him from making some truly epic observations (such as his disdain for Cleveland), but in 2008, it was revealed that Ichiro made a profanity-laced speech—in English—to the American League team at every All-Star Game he appeared in. (He continued making said speech through his final ASG appearance in 2010.) No recording of this speech is readily available online. Other players who have witnessed the speech call it one of the funniest things they've ever seen.
  • After the infamous "tuck rule game" (an American Football playoff game decided by a particularly obscure rule), the losing Oakland Raiders were understandably put out. Analysts described the Oakland press conference afterwards as "the Raiders sounded like a truck backing up" (in the US at least, large trucks make loud beeping noises when in reverse).
  • Gordon Ramsay's ingredients for an omelette: 2 fucking eggs, some fucking chives, 1 fucking knob of fucking butter, and show some fucking PASSION!
  • According to Anthony Bourdain, vigorous and frequent use of curse words is common in the culinary world. So the chefs preparing the gourmet meals at that 5-star restaurant you go to on special occasions? Probably cursing up a storm back there in that kitchen.
    • Shown in Ramsay's many documentaries and game shows as pretty common, good cook or not.
  • Yoshiki Hayashi would like to offer a Cluster F Bomb… with his apologies for doing so.
  • Hokkien peng, not least the Singaporean variety, (stereo)typically cluster C-bomb. And insult Your Mother.
  • Ferenc Gyurcsány, former Prime Minister of Hungary, dropped one that lasted over an hour. It pretty much killed his career (not because of the profanity, but because of the long list of things he accidentally confessed to. His native language being Hungarian, you'd wish 'fuck' was the worst thing he said. It wasn't.
    • Speaking of Hungarian, the language contains enough swear words to cuss continuously for minutes without repeating yourself. Obviously, the speakers make use of this property. A lot. All the fucking time.
  • DKos Oil Booming School: "Rope is not rope. It is fucking rope. All of it. Every yard of rope is fucking rope. Every section of boom is fucking boom." — Fishgrease
  • When you've got a place named "Fucking, Austria", articles about it are bound to fall into this. Such as that above otherwiki page. This was unintentionally invoked, of course.
  • Jim Cornette is such a constant cusser (if his RF Video shoots are to be believed) that it is amazing he is even ABLE to turn it off when the camera is on him.
  • Actually may serve a purpose: pain tolerance. A scientific study dealing with that was done with volunteers. Both groups were subjected to (an equal amount of) continuous pain (caused by the same thing), and they were to pull away the moment they could no longer bear it. Those who responded to the pain by cursing repeatedly were shown to be able to take the pain for longer amounts of time than the group who didn't. And it appears that neutral words or Gosh Darn It to Heck! doesn't work nearly as well as serious 'fuck'-level obscenities.
  • And here's a website that uses Cluster F Bombs For Science!
  • The Winnebago Man. Here's the original video in all its glory.
  • The logic of many middle schoolers seems to go, "Adults swear more than children. In movies, cool people swear more than nerds. Therefore, the more you swear, the cooler and grown-up you look. Also, swearing is some fucking fun shit! *giggles*" The result is a lot of this trope.
  • The Wiener's Circle in motherfucking Chicago, Illinois is as famous for its profane staff as its hot dogs, bitch!
  • Mike Henry of Family Guy and The Cleveland Show stated on Inside the Actors Studio that his favorite curse word is "a series of fucks," and then demonstrated.
  • Jay fucking Naylor says the fucking word a fucking lot in his fucking podcast.
  • This little child didn't like what they were getting for breakfast. Prize for youngest ever Cluster F Bomb? I suspect so.
  • All British and Australian people swear a damn lot.
    • The English and their tendency to use colourful language resulted in the French nicknaming them les goddams, originating in The Hundred Years War.
    • As a public relations disaster unfolded in Tony Blair's government in 2002, permanent secretary Sir Richard Mottram summed the matter up with typical British aplomb:
      "We're all fucked. I'm fucked. You're fucked. The whole department is fucked. It's been the biggest cock-up ever and we are all completely fucked."
    • Chileans also like to swear a lot. There's a particular word known as huevón (literally "big egg", i.e. "balls"), which can mean many things from "dude" to "fucker" and is also adaptable to verbs and adjectives, and you never will hear a Chilean conversation in which there isn't two or three huevón bombs dropped in. More casual conversations will only get worse from there.
    • Within the U.K., Scottish people have this reputation.
  • Croatian ex-tennis player Goran Ivanišević. Behold. Comment with translation is just under the video.
  • Russian even has a dialect that is based on forming sentences out of obscene and profane words using Buffy Speak, called mat. According to Russian popular wisdom, many factories (and thus the entire Russian economy) would fall apart without it.
  • Donald fucking Trump wants you to know that he's not going to mess around with those motherfuckers in China, he's not going to let OPEC raise the fucking price of oil, and he's going to build a fucking school in Brooklyn.
  • A bill was recently introduced in South Carolina's goddamn legislature to ban profanity. Several blogs have commented on it, and their fucking comments tend to contain quite the fucking variety of whorishly dirty words.
  • The Other Wiki lists "fuck" twice in its list. No, it's not "fuck" and "fuck", it's "fuck" and "motherfucker".
  • High school. Even the fucking Honors and AP kids fucking swear like you would not fucking believe.
    • Especially the Honors and AP kids.
  • Fuck you, you fucking fucks. A treatise on New Orleans after the storm.
  • This Big Bill Hell's ad.
  • Every blooper reel for basically every movie and TV show ever made, unless lots of child actors are hanging around. Actors swear like fiends.
  • If you even state a belief that profanity is disrespectful or a sign of limited vocabulary, you're just asking for a Cluster F-Bomb to be flung your way. Especially on internet forums, in which case linking to the No Cussing Club's site or even an article about it will invite some pretty colorful language.
  • While Cisco's Carrier Routing System, a large-scale core router, was in development, it was known by the code name of HFR, or Huge Fucking Router.
    • This code name was coined in the tradition of Cisco's previous service provider router, the GSR (12000-series), whose development code name was BFR, or Big Fucking Router. BFR even had a logo of a fist punching through a globe.
  • BRIAN BLESSED is a walking Cluster F-Bomb.
  • This English-language teacher in India explaining the many different uses of the F-word.
  • Pick any video featuring Chelyabinsk Meteorite Event. Most of them consist of Russian mat (see above) at least by half, with a justified dose of Oh, Crap!.
  • Spanish makes this easy with the "Me cago en…" (I shit on…) construction. You simply take it and string together the most over-the-top string of blasphemies you can think of. Examples include ¡Me cago en todos tus muertos! ("I shit on all your dead relatives!"), ¡Me cago en Dios y las tetas de la Virgen! ("I shit on God and the Virgin Mary's tits!"), and ¡Me cago en un tren lleno de santos, obispos, y angeles con Jesucristo de conductor! ("I shit on a train full of saints, bishops, and angels, and Jesus Christ is the train driver!").
  • The French Revolutionary newspaper "Le Père Duchesne", by Hébert, had "foutre" (the French equivalent of "fuck") basically once a sentence, between 1790 and 1794. It was very popular.
  • The infamous Russian extreme right-wing politician Vladimir Zhirinovsky is especially known for his liberal use of the Russian mat (see above) and his occasional brawls. His most notable one was coming to the Russian embassy in Bagdad in the year 2003, shortly before the invasion, getting pissing drunk and delivering an obscenity-spiked speech/rant why George W. Bush (or, as Zhirinovsky called him, "shitty cowboy") shouldn't attack Iraq. It became a hit on Youtube very fast.
  • Pregnancy causes hormones to reach high levels, labor is even worse, so it's not surprising that delivery rooms can get vulgar.
  • Sir Thomas More. Here he is having a civil theological debate with Martin Luther.
    "But meanwhile, for as long as your reverend paternity will be determined to tell these shameless lies, others will be permitted, on behalf of his English majesty, to throw back into your paternity’s shitty mouth, truly the shit-pool of all shit, all the muck and shit which your damnable rottenness has vomited up, and to empty out all the sewers and privies onto your crown divested of the dignity of the priestly crown, against which no less than against the kingly crown you have determined to play the buffoon."
  • Stephen Fry, of all people, holds the UK record for most uses of the F-word in a live broadcast, using it around 70 times within a minute and a half while making a point about censorship. He remarked, "It didn't get a single complaint, I think, because of my voice and manner."
  • Used by this survivor of the 2015 Nepal earthquake—and who can blame him?
  • Eric Schweig is known for his coarse language and dropping a few of these while on set when he can't get his lines right. Or in everyday conversation for that matter.
  • Microsoft founder Bill Gates was so known for this in meetings when he was CEO (in one memorable outburst, telling all present that he wanted to talk to the company's recruiters "right fucking now ... [b]ecause I want to find out what fucking colleges we recruited you guys from and tell them not to fucking recruit there anymore because they clearly produce fucking idiots!") that someone was actually assigned to count the number of times he dropped the F-bomb as a measure of his overall satisfaction or dissatisfaction as the case might be.
    • This extends to most folks in the IT field, cluttered with Exospeak Gags and Stealth Insults. Server's gone down again? The CEO decided he just has to download that application that the firewall flagged as potentially hazardous? Someone clicked the link in a phishing email and just sent it to a dozen or more of their colleagues (who have then passed it to dozens of theirs)? The guy on the fifth floor who insists on using his work computer to play fantasy football? Someone else spilling coffee on their brand new laptop? Typical week.
  • Northern and Southern California have their differences, but the use of Cluster F-Bomb isn't one of them. If you need proof, here's a map of curse words used per state. Outside of New England, most states have varied colors. California is solidly in red.
  • CNN had an open mic on after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan's February 1, 2017 press conference and it picked up an unknown person saying "What a fucking waste of time."
  • The late Russian Prime Minister from The '90s, Victor Chernomyrdin, (in)famous for his malapropisms and general mangling of the Russian Language, was an oil man through and throughnote  (see above), and was reportedly speaking like that most of the time. His peculiar manner of speech is usually attributed to him trying to watch his language when on the record.
  • President of The Philippines, Rodrigo "putang ina" Duterte. He drops it every now and then to make the point. Even Barack Obama got on the business end of this putang ina. Watch: a year in his colorful language. Even he occasionally flipped the bird.
  • Vietnamese culture generally frowns on swearing, but walk into any gathering with middle to lower class people - especially from the provinces -, or schoolchildren, even from the top institutions in the middle of the capital, and you're likely to hear bombs thrown around like it's wartime again. Common interjections include the equivalents of "fuck", "fuck your mother", several crude words relative to genitalia and sexual activity, et cetera. Amusingly, one famous folk imagery is of a woman standing in a public space in her village, arms akimbo, swearing up a storm at whoever has offended her (stolen her chickens, for example). There's a joke that the rural Vietnamese count swearing among some of their art forms.
  • In Texas, a swearword can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, gerund, conjunction, bridging word, clause, a sentence with multiple interpretations, punctuation, any rule of language you can think of. At any frequency and any volume. Especially when Serious Business is a factor.
  • Allegedly, Catherine the Great once invited a distinguished admiral to tell her about a battle he recently won. It started out fine, but once he got to the part of the enemy fleeing, he started using... words one does not usually say inside the royal palace. Suddenly, remembering where he is and who he is talking to, he fell to his knees and started begging the Empress to forgive him. Not wanting to make the old man upset, she merely said: "Please, admiral, continue, just cut down on the obscure naval terminology".
  • In Italy, the Romanesco dialect is famous for this, with the actual insulting value of a word depending on the context, to the point a common way for a woman to tell her own son to come there now for a mild scolding is "Come here, you son of a whore!". The Romans are perfectly aware of its folkloristic value to lure in tourists from the rest of Italy and the whole world, to the point there's a restaurant where the staff verbally abuses the customers as entertainment.
  • Incredibly common in the Midwestern United States, particularly in Chicago.
  • Surprisingly, this trope is just one symptom of a high IQ.
  • When the St. Louis Blues won The Stanley Cup in 2019, a dozen fucks were yelled out before NBC remembered they had to censor it.


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