Douglas G. Wilson
douglas at NB.NET
Fri Nov 3 03:09:06 UTC 2000
>"Fug" is mentioned in the note for _fuck_ v.: "the recent forms
>_fug, fugg_ are printed euphem. and do not represent pronun."
>There's an example of "mothafuggah" from one of Gover's later works
>cited at _motherfucker._ The forms that we broke out for separate
>treatment are, for the most part, not just printed euphemisms but
Maybe that's what Lighter (?) thinks, and maybe it's true for Gover (has he
been asked?) ...
In some cases "fug" = "f*ck" does represent pronunciation.
In Dan Simmons' new novel "Darwin's Blade":
I see the word "fuck" repeatedly -- "fucking" at least eight times on p.
45, for example. No need for 'printed euphemism' here.
But ... on p. 76: <<He ... recorded a new message on the answering machine:
"Yo, dis is Vito. Dere's nobody home but me an' the Dobermans. You got
sometin' to say to me ... say it! Otherwise, hang the fug up!">>
Clumsy writing perhaps, but the intention to represent pronunciation is
clear enough. I've seen other cases which I think are comparable.
[I'm not trying to assert that "fug" (in this sense) -- or "dis" or "dere"
for dat matter -- should have separate treatment.]
-- Doug Wilson
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