I was taught in school that the most commonly used letter in the English language is "e" and the word most often spoken or written is "the". However, from what I learned in the real world I must disagree. Actually, "eff" is the most basic, essential, keyword _ employed as noun, verb, adverb, adjective.
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A paragraph is certain to contain several, a sentence at least one. More than a few words are broken in half, "eff" inserted in between. Cultured people aren't expected to use it, but they do. Its primacy as an epithet is curious because all living things mate to reproduce and/or to enjoy it.
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