“The word “fucking” is not only an adjective, it is also an adverb.”

You’re on very thin ice with that claim. Is ‘baking’ an adverb? Is ‘blooming’ an adverb? Is ‘tasting’ an adverb? Structurally, ‘fucking’ is a verb. Common usage, however, has it as an adjective: ‘fucking bastard’, ‘fucking shit’, ‘fucking button’, etc. I’m sure that there are plenty of nitwits who use ‘fucking’ as an adverb, a verb, a preposition, or any other part of speech that pops into their minds, but the linguistic excursions of the ill-educated do not define the language; broad usage supplies us with the best guide.

Your best defense here is the claim that ‘fucking’ is an interjection, as in “I hate that {fucking!} bastard!” Even then, however, it just doesn’t fit into that sentence.

It may be that you are young and have not had enough experience in using the English language to render an informed judgement on this question. My own experience has been that my use of English has been characterized by increasing precision of expression, both semantically and grammatically.

You continue to assert that his publication of two books proves his expertise with the English language. I therefore reiterate that I have published more books, and this makes me, by your criterion, a superior expert. I’ll add that I have published many articles in a broad variety of publications, and have delivered hundreds of invited lectures all over the world. I say this not to boast — I cautioned you that I did not desire to walk down this road — but if you insist that publication is the measure of expertise, then you must accept my expertise over his.

Master of Science, Physics, 1975. Computer Game Designer. Interactive Storytelling. www.erasmatazz.com

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