Saturday, August 05, 2006
What the fug?
Ken Falco writes in to say that he notices that I've "been swearing more than usual," and to point to "alternatives to fug." So here, check out Wikipedia's List of fictional expletives. 'Fug' is one of them, and I learn that it originated in The Naked and the Dead by Norman Mailer. The entry on the word informs us:
A famous story (explicitly denied by Mailer) has Tallulah Bankhead meeting Mailer and saying, "Oh, you're the young man who doesn't know how to spell 'fuck.'"All quite delightful. My favourite expletive on the page is Belgium, largely because Belgium plays football. Fug, goofjuice, treefodder, skeet and Dingo Kidneys don't play football, though Surat may.