Growing up in a house with four brothers and then teaching at an all-boys high school, the crass culture of cussing has been with me all my life, but now that I am a teacher I have to watch my language. Enter Battlestar Galactica to save the day. By substituting frakking, frakked, or frak in place of that other very familiar four-letter word beginning with the letter f, I have been able to avoid blurting out a word that might jeopardize my job security or taint my character.
So, I will always have a special place in my heart for Battlestar Galactica because it is just so frakking good! You can’t tell me you don’t feel the same way. If you have ever seen the show, then you now how wildly addictive and entertaining it is, and if you haven’t, well, there is still a little bit of summer left and the entire series is available on Netflix Watch Instantly! Just be sure to watch the version from the 2000s, not the original from the 1970s.
My father has worked for Exxon and then Exxon Mobil for over 30 years. He steadily moved up the ranks, and my family benefited monetarily from his advancement and promotions. In fact, I would not have been able to attend Sewanee were it not for the $24,000 in scholarships that Exxon’s Teagle Foundation awarded me at the end of my senior year. My other brothers also benefited from the Teagle award. Even to this day, Exxon Mobil continues to support me by providing grant money to St. Thomas when my family volunteered to work the St. Thomas Wrestling Invitational in the past, and more recently, the annual St. Thomas Junior High Speech Tournament. So, needless to say, I am very grateful to the oil industry for its generous support of my education and work.
Having a father in the oil business, I am always interested to hear about developments in the field. Fracking is one of the buzz words these days and refers to an innovative way of extracting gas or oil through hydro-fracturing. Environmentalists worry that this new method might contaminate the drinking water or require too much water to get the oil out of the ground. I am not really concerned with such green anxieties; rather, I marvel at the ingenuity of the oil companies to think of new ways of recovering natural resources in our own country that might decrease our dependence on foreign oil in the long term. Plus, fracking is such a cool word. One company even came up with a kid’s coloring book featuring Talisman Terry the lovable Fracosaurus to explain the new technique. Unfortunately, political correctness and the liberal media squashed that pretty quickly.
So, there you have it. The coolest homophones in the English language: frakking and fracking!