Kurwa, she uttered to no one but the wind. It was the foulest word she could say in Polish, so foul she could only bear to say it to people who didn’t speak the language; it was just too vulgar. She used it like English speakers used “fuck,” but kurwa was a much better word. Depending on whom she was talking to and how pleased or pissed off she was at the time, it could mean “whore,” “your mother is a whore,” “bitch,” “bastard,” “cunt,” “prick,” “fuck you,” “fuck off,” “fucker,” or merely “fuck!” Sometimes she said it with a smile on her face to a flirtatious but arrogant climber who didn’t know if she was coming on to him or telling him to get stuffed. She liked that. Keep them wondering. But sometimes she said it in pure disgust to a particular jerk or bastard in her way, like now. –Savage Summit: The Life and Death of the First Women of K2 by Jennifer Jordan

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a female in a male world and the methods she uses to express her true feelings.

Journaling Prompt: What swear words to you enjoy saying? If you don’t swear, what do you say instead?

Art Prompt: Swear word

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience about the history of swearing.

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