Odd expression: "screw the pooch" = get things all fouled up

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Jul 21 11:20:44 UTC 2004

Oh, yeah. English Departments. I forgot.


>We used "fuck the dog" = 'goof off, not do one's work when one should' in the
>English Department in grad school (Iowa City 1960s).
>In a message dated 7/20/04 7:35:59 PM, preston at MSU.EDU writes:
>>  I do not know "fuck the dog" meaning to fuck up or off, but in the
>>  Louisville (KY) area in the 50's we had exclamatory "fuck a (big
>>  brown) dog." It may, however, be unrelated to the item under
>>  discussion; it seems semantically off.
>>  dInIs

Dennis R. Preston
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Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages
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