fresh off the boat

Paul Frank paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU
Tue Nov 30 19:40:19 UTC 2010

> On Tue, Nov 30, 2010 at 08:12:59PM +0100, Paul Frank wrote:
>> The expression "fresh off the boat" meaning recently immigrated to the
>> United States is not in the OED or in DARE. It ought to be. The OED
>> says that F.O.B. means "free on board," which for all I know it might,
>> but to most people it means "fresh off the boat."
> The OED also says that FOB n.(4) is "a recent immigrant", with
> quotes back to 1968.
> Jesse Sheidlower

I apologize. Looked for fresh off the boat.


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