[Ads-l] fuck you very much (1974)

ADSGarson O'Toole adsgarsonotoole at GMAIL.COM
Mon Aug 12 05:49:35 EDT 2019


Excellent citation, Benjamin. Searching for 1974 in the GB book "The
Folk Speech of United States Air Force Transport Pilots" shows a
snippet on page 78 (GB) which states:

 "course of study, from, November, 1972, to January, 1974, the".

The book may contain data from multiple studies conducted during
different time periods. As ADS members know, GB dates are not
reliable, and each book containing a match should be examined directly
to verify dates (in my opinion).

The Horntip collection has a match for the phrase. The year is reportedly 1975.

Fighter Pilots Songs (1975)
https://www.horntip.com/html/books_&_MSS/1970s/1975-1985_fighter_pilot_songs/index.htm

[Begin excerpt]
107 This place really sucks
108  Fuck you very much
109  Beautiful, just fucking beautiful
110  That goddamned o'club
[End excerpt]

The PDF can be downloaded via a link at the top of the page. I did not
see the 1975 date mentioned in the PDF itself. So I do not know how
the date was determined. The target text can be seen by counting
backward to reach the eleventh page from the final page of the PDF.

On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 9:43 PM Jesse Sheidlower <jester at panix.com> wrote:
>
> There is in fact a 1978 example from Armistead Maupin in HDAS, under _fuck_ v. sense 3.a. And I did elevate this into a separate subentry in _The F-Word_, but the earliest example I could find was from Terence McNally, a1976, so this is an antedating, thank you!
>
> _fuck you very much_ s.v. _fuck_ v., (used as a sarcastic or blatantly insincere expression of undeserved thanks).
>
> a1976 T. McNally _Ritz & Other Plays_ 159: Fuck you, ducky, fuck you very much. Nice place you got here. [etc.]
>
> Jesse Sheidlower
>
> On Sun, Aug 11, 2019 at 06:36:45PM -0700, Barretts Mail wrote:
> > I don’t see this in the HDAS, published in 1994, or the OED.
> >
> > Wiktionary (https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fuck_you_very_much <https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fuck_you_very_much>) says the expression is a blend of “fuck you” and “thank you very much” and labels it vulgar. AFAIK, this is usually jocular.
> >
> > The earliest entry in the UD (https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fuck%20you%20very%20much <https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=fuck%20you%20very%20much>) is 2005. Two UD definitions give a negative connotation and one an ironical one. One definition claims it originated in “The FCC Song”.
> >
> > Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck_you_very_much <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck_you_very_much>) gives the “FCC Song” from 2004. The Wikipedia entry on Divine (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_(performer) <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_(performer)>), however, cites Bernard Jay’s book “Not Simply Divine” (1993, https://tinyurl.com/yy7wnrdz <https://tinyurl.com/yy7wnrdz>), which has the expression as used by Divine (Harris Glenn Milstead).
> >
> > The earliest citation I find is a master’s thesis:
> >
> > https://tinyurl.com/y44rxzme <https://tinyurl.com/y44rxzme>
> > The Folk Speech of United States Air Force Transport Pilots
> > 1974 (https://www.worldcat.org/title/folk-speech-of-united-states-air-force-transport-pilots/oclc/29421517 <https://www.worldcat.org/title/folk-speech-of-united-states-air-force-transport-pilots/oclc/29421517>)
> > Suzanne G Kenagy
> >
> > Other citations earlier than Jay’s 1993 work are the "National Lampoon" (1982, but probably wrong, https://tinyurl.com/y4rao7kt <https://tinyurl.com/y4rao7kt>), "Native speech” by Eric Overmyer (revised 1986, https://tinyurl.com/y6pugqjv <https://tinyurl.com/y6pugqjv>) and “Mother Jones” (April 1984, https://tinyurl.com/y5jjh86f <https://tinyurl.com/y5jjh86f>).
> >
> > Benjamin Barrett (he/him/his)
> > Formerly of Seattle, WA
> >
> >
> >
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