F*** with = have sex with?

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 14 01:39:19 UTC 2005

At 8:01 PM -0500 12/13/05, James Landau wrote:
>Somewhat off-topic, but my Drill Sergeant in Basic Training came up with
>this gem:
>"Don't fuck with the cooks, and if they fuck with you, I'll fuck them over."
>Two different meanings of "fuck with" in one sentence.  "Don't disturb
>(mild) the cooks, and if they cause trouble (much more serious) for you, I
>will (something)."
>>  --larry, proud to have been under the same covers as Prof. Quang,
>>  literarily speaking
>assuming this was a hardback or paperback, just not a stack of mimeographed
>sheets stapled together with the title page on top, then the word
>"literally" can also be used.
>        - James A. Landau      *** new address JJJRLandau at earthlink.net ****

The volume in question was _Studies out in left field: Defamatory
essays presented to James D. McCawley on the occasion of his 33rd or
34th birthday_, edited by the famous linguistic Arnold M. Zwicky et
al. and published (by Linguistic Research, Inc., Edmonton and
Champaign, 1971) with a magically disintegrating binding, so I think
we can say it was a paperback that rather rapidly morphed into a
stack of sheets unstapled together.

larry (a.k.a. Prof. Forthcoming Larynx-horn, or something of the sort)

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