Early appearances of "irregardless"

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sun May 6 02:39:14 UTC 2007

At 7:24 PM -0700 5/5/07, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>My strong recollection is that by 1973 "Unfuck you" was already
>proposed as a "more logical" replacement of "Fuck you."  I never
>heard anyone actually use it, because it was also "more idiotic."
>   Scores of Usenet exx., however.

Many alluding to a program "unfuck.exe", which presumably
accomplishes the task of setting right was his been fucked up.  This
is also one of those rare cases in which urbandictionary.com has
something useful to contribute:


>James Harbeck <jharbeck at SYMPATICO.CA> wrote:
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>Subject: Re: Early appearances of "irregardless"
>>Yes, and in fact there's also "unfuck".
>Which could imply the possibility of giving (and getting) back
>virginity... Literally, of course, fucking is not a reversible
>action. But I've seen and used "unfuck" in humorous contexts enough
>times. There's a popular quip seen mainly in email forwards but also
>on buttons and so forth: "OK, I take it back. Unfuck you." I've also
>used it to mean "make something no longer fucked up," as in undo some
>damage that has been done, and that _is_ a reversible meaning, but I
>don't think that's a very common usage.
>James Harbeck.
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