the meaning of ''developed from''

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Mon Apr 25 18:05:30 UTC 2005

My impression is that it's been a long time since "frig" was little known and narrowly distributed.


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In a message dated 4/25/05 12:02:40 PM, wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM writes:

> The existence or nonexistence of "go frig " is irrelevant here.=A0 As for=20=
> masturbatory sense of "frig," I recommend a look at HDAS.

I did, and it confirmed my intuition that FUCK is much more widely known tha=
FRIG in any sense, whether masturbatory, trifling, or as a euphemism for=20
FUCK. It does not seem "logical" at all that a well-known and widespread ins=
ult as=20
(GO) FUCK YOU(RSELF) would have "developed from" one that is, at best,=20
little-known, narrowlly distirbuted historically and culturally, and in itse=
lf best=20
known as a euphemism for the very form it has supposedly evolved into.

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