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Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Sat May 9 12:07:40 UTC 2015


Messed with my mind too when I first heard it.

Was it current in E. St. L. ca1950?   No cites till the following decade.

JL

On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 9:41 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

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> On Fri, May 8, 2015 at 1:46 AM, Benjamin Barrett <gogaku at ix.netcom.com>
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> > If the issue is about "to fuck over,"
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> 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
> unfairly."
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> Now, 55 years later, the phrase appears to have "gone mainstream," to coin
> a pswaydo-euphemism.
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