[Ads-l] to fuck

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jan 11 11:46:55 EST 2021


So we have the antonymy between intransitive “fuck” and intransitive “suck” (on the relevant figurative senses) and the antilogy/enantionymy of “fuck” itself, between the pejorative transitive imperative (“Fuck that song!”) and the ameliorative intransitive (“That song fucks!”).  Is this a great language or what.

LH

> On Jan 11, 2021, at 3:33 AM, Ben Zimmer <bgzimmer at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
> A quick Twitter search reveals countless examples of "this/that song fucks
> (so hard)." Earliest I see is from 2013:
> 
> https://twitter.com/_TheLeader/status/366810062347452416
> @LadyGaga that song is so fucking awesome, pounding beats, this song fucks
> so hard!
> 2:35 AM · Aug 12, 2013
> 
> 
> On Mon, Jan 11, 2021 at 2:44 AM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> How reliable is a sole example from a humorous program?
>> 
>> MAM
>> 
>> On Sun, Jan 10, 2021, 7:50 AM Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>> 
>>> 'To be very pleasing.'  Ant.: suck.
>>> 
>>> 2020 _Last Week Tonight_ (HBO TV) (March 1): That song fucks! That song
>>> fucks so hard!
>>> 
>>> 
>> 
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