What does “d-d” mean? Possible 19th century profanity?

I have several quotes of late-19th-century speech (by British men) which use the abbreviation “d-d” for a word. I’m not sure what it means, but from the context I assume this is profanity of some sort. Here’s an example: It was you brought me up this d-d hill. Any ideas? Answer The word here really … Read more

Why is a strange person called a fruitcake?

Fruitcake is an insulting word for someone who you think is strange or crazy (the Macmillan Dictionary). Why does the word have this meaning? What is the similarity between a strange person and a heavy cake containing dried fruit? Answer The answer may be connected to the expression “nutty as a fruitcake.” Christine Ammer, The … Read more

What is the origin of the term “bull****” in its figurative sense?

When/how did the word “bullshit” or the phrase “I call bullshit” (or its multiple variants) become acceptable in English? Was it a direct adaptation from another language or was it introduced in some other manner? (Please note that I am just referring to the use of the term in everyday general banter as questioning disbelief … Read more

Help in deconstructing a sentence

This was a question posed by a friend. I’m myself curious of the answer. I apologize for the explicit content (I left it as is to remove ambiguity). I pretty sure that ‘a yuppy fu@k’ is a compound noun in the local slang, but I’m not sure, just like the author of the question, of … Read more

Did word “beavis” mean anything before Beavis&Butthead series were aired?

In other words,why Mike Judge named one of characters “Beavis”? Was there also some slang meaning or word play behind it as in “Butthead”? Answer There was a kid in Mike Judge’s neighborhood when he was growing up named Bobby Beavis, according to him in this interview. A Google search of pre-1993 books will show … Read more

Why is it “to have sex” instead of “to sex?”

In English, there is no generally acceptable verb for someone to say the equivalent of “to sex.” All our equivalents are either too vulgar (“to fuck”, “to bang”, “to smash”) or too formal (“to copulate”, “to reproduce”) for use in everyday speech. The most general term, “to have sex,” separates the subject from the act … Read more