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‘Frak' is seeping into TV lingo

Prolific television writer and producer Glen A. Larson first used the faux curse word “frak” in the original “Battlestar Galactica.” The word was mostly overlooked back in the '70s series but is working its way into popular vocabulary.

“All joking aside, say what you will about what you might call the lowbrow nature of many of his shows, he did something truly amazing and subversive … with ‘frak,'” Goldberg said.

There's no question what the word stands for and it's used gleefully, as many as 20 times in some episodes of SciFi's modern update of “Battlestar Galactica,” now in its fourth season.

The word is showing up everywhere – on T-shirts, in sit-coms, best-selling novels and regular conversation.

The word is insinuating its way into popular vocabulary for a simple reason.

You can't get in trouble. It's a made-up word.

The word's usage has moved from the small but fervent group of “Galactica” fans into everyday language. It's shown up in very mainstream shows like “The Office,” “Gossip Girl” and “Scrubs.” One YouTube posting has 2 minutes of sound bites that cover the gamut.