F*** with = have sex with?

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Mon Dec 12 19:15:11 UTC 2005

I don't see "fuck with" = "have sexual intercourse with" as
"idiomatic." I do see "fuck with" as challenge [Don't fuck with me!],
tinker [Stop fucking with that thing!], and tease [Are you just
fucking with me?] as idiomatic. But idioms may marginalize literals
(as "kick the bucket clearly illustrates).


>For me, the idiom "to fuck with" means to tease or jack somebody. In "Gold
>Digger" by Kayne West, though, the lyrics "fuck with" occur, and I can't see
>them meaning anything but "have sex with".
>"From what I heard she got a baby by Busta
>My best friend say she use to fuck with Usher
>I dont care what none of y'all say I still love her"
>Is this a common meaning for this idiom?
>* * * * *
>Benjamin Barrett
>Baking the World a Better Place
>* * * * *

Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
15-C Morrill Hall
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1036
Phone: (517) 353-4736
Fax: (517) 353-3755
preston at msu.edu

More information about the Ads-l mailing list