Slang abbreviation

Slang abbreviation is the practice of referring to an offensive word, usually by its first letter followed by the word "word". Abbreviated slang is often used for politeness or decency. Some common examples are below.

  • The "N word" is often used to refer to the word nigger.[1][2][3][4] A 2004 documentary called The N-Word covered the history of the abbreviation.[5]
  • The "F word" most commonly refers to fuck. The abbreviation has occasionally been used to mean feminism.[6]
  • The "L word" has been used to refer to the words lesbian or love.[7][8] The L Word, an American-Canadian television series, uses the abbreviation in its title to refer to the show's LGBTQ theme.


  1. ^ "Black America Web, Commentary: Blacks Who Use the N-Word". Archived from the original on December 24, 2005.
  2. ^ "The N-word". Archived from the original on November 26, 2005.
  3. ^ Luttrell, Wendy; Ward, Janie. "The "N-word" and the Racial Dynamics of Teaching". Harvard Education Letter Research Online. Archived from the original on February 8, 2005.
  4. ^ Jaschik, Scott (September 20, 2005). "Explosion Over the N-Word". Inside Higher Ed. Archived from the original on March 11, 2007.
  5. ^ "Documentary Explores Politics of 'N-Word'". Retrieved 2019-07-05.
  6. ^ "The F-Word - Contemporary UK Feminism". The F-Word.
  7. ^ Bailey, Lucille M. (1995). "Still More on "X-Word"". American Speech. 70 (2): 222–223. doi:10.2307/455820. ISSN 0003-1283. JSTOR 455820.
  8. ^ "The right time to say the 'L' word: love". MSNBC. July 3, 2006. Archived from the original on February 14, 2007.