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#1 2013-01-31 12:27:13

From: Montreal
Registered: 2008-03-17
Posts: 1101

Effing egg!

The genesis of the expression “fucking A” is lost to us. Slang dictionaries indicate that it’s now a polyvalent expression of surprise, disgust, or enthusiastic approval. As a kid, I predictably understood it as “fuckin’ eh”, or maybe “fucking ‘ey!”. The n-gram viewer disabused me of this notion today.

Fucken egg may be the ultimate eggcorn particle, since fucken egg is to fucken A as eggcorn is to acorn. Though a rude particle.

My husband’s coworker says “Fuckin Egg” instead of “Fuckin A”
reddit thread

And that’s when he told us that when he was little he always thought it was fuckin’ egg and couldn’t understand why anyone would want to be fucking an egg.
Straight Dope confessional

Fucken Egg!!
I have 3 more class sessions with my teacher and he decides to spring a fucken project due the last day of classes


Expect loud guitar riffs supported by an exquise rythm section, hooks sharper than a knife and no-nonsense lyrics. And if you’re not convinced yet: Mark Lanegan – yep! – sings on ‘Crawl Like A Dog’. Fuckin’ egg!
Album review



#2 2013-02-07 02:08:55

Dixon Wragg
From: Cotati, California
Registered: 2008-07-04
Posts: 1263

Re: Effing egg!

When I first heard “Fuckin’ A”, in Army basic training in Louisiana in 1969, I thought they were saying “Fuck an ape!” My buddy explained that it was “Fuckin’ aye” (that’s how he spelled it out for me, but the “aye” was pronounced just like “A”), and that it was just a strong affirmative. The N-gram doesn’t find the “fucking aye” and “fucking eh” versions at all, but shows the “fucking [and fuckin] A” version(s) starting in the late 1950s.

My friend Laura picked it up from me, but to my dismay started using it to express disappointment or disgust. I corrected her, saying that it meant strong agreement or positive feelings. Only 4 of the dictionaries I accessed through the OneLook site had Fucking A. Three of them agreed with me about the meaning, but the Urban Dictionary said: “used in the 80’s to express deep feeling.
“Fucking-A that girl has great ta-tas!”

“Fucking-A! I failed that test!”

“Fucking-A, that was a great concert!”

Since you, David, say it can denote disgust, and since the 2nd example above seems to indicate the same, I guess I’ll have to tell Laura that she wasn’t wrong to use it with a negative denotation after all. Fuckin’ A!

I’m curious about the derivation, but can’t find any etymology on Fuckin’ A. Maybe nobody knows.

BTW, I’ve commonly heard it in the phrase “You/She/He are/is fuckin’ A right!”



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