What do people "hear" when they read "F*ck"?

Inspired by the Church of the Motherfucker post, I’m curious as to what people hear in their minds when they’re reading partially bleeped words.

I don’t want this to turn into a poll, so I’ll assume that the norm is to read “Fck" and hear “Fuck”. I’m only looking for answers from people who see "Fck” and hear “–beep–”, “the ‘F’ word” or similar.

On a potentially related note, I’d be interested in anyone reading “G-d” as something other than “God”.

Well, odd as it may seem, a casual read usually has my inner monologue “speaking” the word as “F’k!” with kind of a hiccup in the middle.

And yes, at a brief glance, “G-d” sounds like “G’id.”

One of my friends hears “Feck” on the grounds that that’s what we say if we as narrowly as possible avoid saying it.

I don’t hear anything when I read F*ck. Or any other text, for that matter. My inner dialog is text only, no sounds.

There’s a gag about a gal who was so unhip, she pronounced F___ing as Fing. :smiley:

I hear “fkckkkckk”–like radio static.


Ranchoth. Are you an English-only speaker, or do you speak a language that uses glottal stops or similar?

RandomLetters. Do you “see” the letters then, or is your internal perception of words completely different to your external senses? Are you unusual in that, or is it me that’s different (I’d tend to go with the former given the responses here)? Any idea as to why you might perceive things differently - i.e. are you deaf?

I sometimes read G_d as “God damn” in my head. It can make Great Debates (another GD) livlier.

I think the inner dialog question deserves its own thread. It might be a poll, suitable for IMHO. But it seems worthy of GD status.

I see F*ck and hear fIck, but when ever I hear the beep on tv, I always hear the F word, the censor doesn’t do anything for me.

Also G_D = Gud

Note that glottal stops appear in English as well. Frequent in dialects like Cockney, for example.

My nine year old son listens to music (rap, hip/hop) with “parental advisory” labels. He understands that certain words are not suited for everyday use and is very mature about the whole thing. However, he says “beep” in place of obscenities. He sounds like a south park character talking and being “beeped” by a censor. Weird.

My thirteen year old daughter uses “replacement” words. “It is so freakin’ hot”. “That’s bullcrap”. When I tell her that “freakin” is just a word used in place of “fucking” she gets upset because she is very much against using obscenities.

When I see “f*ck” I think of my kids. :wink:

I generally just see letters, most of my thoughts are in text. Yes, I believe it is unusual - most people seem to combine spoken and written words in their heads, while my mind seems to seperate them. I am not sure why I am like this, I am not deaf.

For anybody who actually ‘hears’ the words in their head as they read (most of us?), the practice of some 19th century authors of inserting dashes to add authenticity is infuriating. Thus one might come across:

It was September of 18__, in the small market town of St , that I first encountered Madame D.

At least with f*ck we are able to hear it if we choose.

No Unix geeks here yet?

It’s a Unix disk utility similar to the Windows scandisk.

I hear “fuck” without the U. Maybe close to “feck” or 'fckkkkk" Something like that.

I’m always fascinated with how people read acronyms and abreviations. For instance, with “SAHM” (stayathomemom) I hear both “sam” and the words it stands for, at the same time.

There is name for people who “see” letters (usually associating certain colours with specifics letters, or “seeing” sounds, such as a dog’s bark or a baby’s cry), but I can’t remember what it is. :slight_smile:

I’m an American English speaker, from Northern California. I don’t speak any other languages, besides the usual smattering of foreign words and phrases that anyone might pick up over a lifetime.

When I see f*ck I hear “fuck.” When I see G_d, I hear “GuhDuh” I have no idea why I am inconsistent in this way. Actually, every time I see G-d, it stops my reading for a few seconds while I try to process the word.