I still remember the first time I heard someone my own age say the word "fuck." I was in second grade in Mrs. Wright's class, and I was sitting on the bench behind the dugout waiting my turn at kickball. Josh Kaplan, a towheaded boy who also happened to be the class clown, was ahead of me, and when he kicked the ball out of bounds, he uttered the then-outlawed word, at which point I'm pretty sure every pre-pubescent jaw on the baseball field and beyond dropped.
"Josh said the f-word," my classmates whispered to each other for the rest of the day. It was the talk not only of Mrs. Wright's class, but of the entire second grade. It was a BIG deal.
And now it's not. Not only are we adults, but the f-word — and seemingly every other cuss word — is pretty much OK to utter, even if you are a kid. Blame it on the media, the proliferation of rap music, or bad parenting, but the fact is saying "fuck" just isn't that big of a deal anymore.