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We all know what frak, popularized by television's cult hit Battlestar Galactica, really means. But what about feck? Or ferkin? Or foul--as in FUBAR, or "Fouled Up Beyond All Recognition"?
In a thoroughly updated edition of The F-Word, Jesse Sheidlower offers a rich, revealing look at the f-bomb and its illimitable uses. Since the fifteenth century, no other word has been adapted, interpreted, euphemized, censored, and shouted with as much ardor or force; imagine Dick Cheney telling Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy to "go damn himself" on the Senate floor--it doesn't have quite the same impact as what was really said. Sheidlower cites this and other notorious examples throughout history, from the satiric sixteenth-century poetry of James Cranstoun to the bawdy parodies of Lord Rochester in the seventeenth century, to more recent uses by Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Ann Sexton, Norman Mailer, Liz Phair, Anthony Bourdain, Junot Diaz, Jenna Jameson, Amy Winehouse, Jon Stewart, and Bono (whose use of the word at the Grammys nearly got him fined by the FCC).
Collectively, these references and the more than one hundred new entries they illustrate double the size of The F-Word since its previous edition. Thousands of added quotations come from newly available electronic databases and the resources of the OED, expanding the range of quotations to cover British, Canadian, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, and South African uses in addition to American ones. Thus we learn why a fugly must hone his or her sense of humor, why Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau muttered "fuddle duddle" in the Commons, and why Fanny Adams is so sweet. A fascinating introductory essay explores the word's history, reputation, and changing popularity over time. and a new Foreword by comedian, actor, and author Lewis Black offers readers a smart and entertaining take on the book and its subject matter.
Oxford dictionaries have won renown for their expansive, historical approach to words and their etymologies. The F-Word offers all that and more in an entertaining and informative look at a word that, while now largely accepted as an integral part of the English language, still confounds, provokes, and scandalizes.
again rat fucked. 2008 T. Bell Tsar 437: That noman’s-land between safe and totally rat-fucked. 4. Military. to rummage through with the intent to steal; to rifle. 1997 M. C. Hodgins Reluctant Warrior 28: Curry had rat-fucked (rifled) a case of C rations on the deck under his rack. 2000 G. P. Pellecanos Shame the Devil 15: Go ahead, Maroulis.… Just keep ratfucking through that closet. 2006 P. K. O’Donnell We Were One 113: In the rubble-strewn rooms, the men “rat fucked” several boxes of
the figurative ‘despicable person’. The adjective FUCK-FACED, previously only recorded in the sense ‘having an ugly face’, now has two additional senses, ‘tired’ and ‘drunk; shit-faced’. BFD, in previous editions only present as an interjection, now has a noun equivalent, and the adjective and adverb FUBAR now has a verb. The bulk of the additions consist of entirely new words. Some are non-American forms that the editor had missed, including the British eff and blind under EFF verb, FANNY
MacDougal” in Astounding Science Fiction (Oct.) 55/1: Well, there are a lot of minor ones, which must have fubared things in all directions once Co-ordination accepted them. 1953 L. M. Uris Battle Cry 114: Fubar on the nets and you can louse up an entire landing team. 1995 N. Stephenson Diamond Age 147: Financial transactions could no longer be monitored by governments, and the tax collection systems got fubared. 2001 O. West Sharkman Six xxii. 271: Nothing—not these fubared rules, this fubared
sunday school picnic, or a tea party? 1927 Immortalia 124: He’s a fucking son-of-a-bitch. 1928 in A. W. Read Lexical Evidence from Folk Epigraphy (1935) 54: You god Dam fucken fool. 1929–30 J. Dos Passos 42nd Parallel 77: Jack, it was a fucking shame. 1934 H. Roth Call It Sleep 231 [refers to ca1910]: Didja ever see dat new tawch boinin’ troo a goider er a flange er any fuck’n hunka iron? 1935 T. Wolfe Of Time & the River 598: I’ll kick duh f—kin’ s—t outa duh f—kin’ lot of yuh, yuh f—kin’
Forget You Money. 1999 Vanity Fair (Dec.) 216/2: I came up with a figure of something like $7 million. But “fuck-you money,” as the retirement number is commonly referred to out here, can be a lot less. 2004 T. L. Lee & C. M. Anthony Gotham Diaries 7: He had yet to make the transaction that would put him over the top, give him some fuck-you money and social respect. fuck-your-buddy week noun Especially Military. a hypothetical period during which betrayal and exploitation of one’s friends is