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The online edition of the Dictionary of American Regional English is the gift that keeps on giving. (And speaking of which, you can get a 50 percent discount on a subscription to Digital DARE — as a gift or for yourself — until Jan. 31, 2015. The order form is here.)

DARE is built around a massive dialect survey conducted between 1965 and 1970 and infused with further evidence of regionalisms from the historical record up to the present day. You might think that the respondents to questionnaires nearly half a century ago wouldn’t have offered up much in the way of vulgar language. You’d be wrong.

Using Digital DARE’s wonderful search function, let’s take a look at a few entries that involve the pinnacle of English vulgarity: fuck.

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