Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Fri Sep 11 19:43:01 UTC 2009

On Fri, Sep 11, 2009 at 02:12:47PM -0500, Mullins, Bill AMRDEC wrote:
> Classification: UNCLASSIFIED
> Caveats: NONE
> Probably too late for the new edition of Jesse's "The F Word", but . . .
> I just read somewhere that "fvck" is a common euphemism for "fuck" at
> MIT, likely resulting from the Latinate spelling on the neoclassical
> buildings.

I'm not sure I would include this. My tendency was not to
include things that were purely written euphemisms, with a few
exceptions (I added an entry for _fug_, though only
cross-referencing to _fuck_; and I added an entry for _give a
XXXX_ (after a British beer advertisement) because it struck
me as being a different "word").

But I don't have separate entries for other things that are
just graphical variations, whether for purposes of humor
("fvck"), euphemism ("f--k"), or pronunciation ("fookin'").

Jesse Sheidlower
OED/The F-Word

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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