I'm not a native English speaker so I might not be exactly accurate with this, but whenever people (e.g. in films) say fucking, it sounds something like fucken.

There's no "g" at the end and instead of "i", I hear "e" (like in the word men).

Why is that? Am I that deaf or is the pronunciation really different from what the spelling would suggest?

If it is, why do people pronounce it this way? Why is it different than any other word ending with -ing (e.g.looking)?

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    No -ing word has a /g/ at the end. Not a single one.
    – tchrist
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 22:47
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    Compare with "What are you doin'? I'm pluckin' a chicken!" when 'doing' and 'plucking' and 'chicken' all end with the same sound.
    – A E
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 22:49
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    @AE There is no word in English that ends with -ing in which there is ever a /g/ pronounced. Ever. Never ever. Not one.
    – tchrist
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 22:52
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    @tchrist: in any accent and dialect anywhere?
    – A E
    Commented Nov 23, 2014 at 22:53
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    @tchrist There are dialects (Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Sheffield, Stoke-on-Trent according to Wikipedia) as well as idiolects where -ing is realised as [-ɪŋɡ], obviously especially in slower or careful speech. This also extends to wrong [ɹʷɔŋɡ], etc. Not an easy thing to Google for, but there’s this comment from John Wells on his blog to back it up. It is real and part of some dialects. Commented Nov 24, 2014 at 1:27

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"Fucking" would have less impact if pronounced correctly in so called "Queen's English", which is associated with formal speech. Where it is not usually part of a person's pronunciation, and speaker will sometimes consciously change "ing" to "en" or "un" to affect an accent more strongly associated with profane language.

Popular media / actors know this, so they also pronounce it in that way - and this is what you are hearing in films and T.V. shows. Arguably, this exposes native speakers to the pronunciation and teaches them to pronounce it that way in a feedback loop.

That is not to say people do not pronounce "Fucking" with an "ing" ending. Many people do.

  • You mean "oh, no fooking way old boy"?
    – James
    Commented Apr 29, 2021 at 5:16

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