"flying fuck"

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Apr 18 07:28:49 UTC 2008

On Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 01:01:31AM -0400, Sam Clements wrote:
> Newspaperarchive has from 1952 a cite for "take a flying jump at a rolling
> doughnut" and from 1972 "take a flying leap at a rolling doughnut."  So the
> expression no doubt goes back a ways, not that we'll find "flying fuck" in
> print very easily.

I know the whole thing of looking things up in the OED is
somewhat out of favor, but I do want to point out that in our
latest update, we published a 1938 example from John O'Hara of
"take a flying fuck at a galloping rooster".

Jesse Sheidlower

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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