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Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 9 01:41:16 UTC 2015

On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 1:46 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>

> If the issue is about "to fuck over,"

When I was in the Army back in 1960, in a unit that was literally *at
least* 99.44% white, when I asked rhetorically, "Have you guys heard how
Sgt.Rea fucked over Luplow?" my use of "fuck over" - a very common BE
expression - totally messed with the minds of my white barracks-mates. I
had to try to explain to them what it meant. Naturally, since it's slang,
the phrase has a wider variety of meanings than simply "to cheat or treat

Now, 55 years later, the phrase appears to have "gone mainstream," to coin
a pswaydo-euphemism.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint to
come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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