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CaptTimmy
210319.  Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:32 pm Reply with quote

96aelw wrote:
Arsenoius does as well, although I think that ma be the lot, which, if so, leaves the f-word point unaffected, I suppose.


[pedant]

You do mean Arsenious, don't you?

[/pedant]

:-D

 
96aelw
210328.  Sun Sep 16, 2007 4:52 pm Reply with quote

Ah, so you spotted the deliberate mistake (he typed, unconvincingly). I also may have meant "may" rather than "ma", if it comes to that.

Either that or it wasn't a mistake at all, but an attempt to re-order English vowels in a subtle linguistic coup d'etat. I haven't decided which, yet.

 
mckeonj
210332.  Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:14 pm Reply with quote

Phascinating 'F' Vorts...
...summarizes fat it was I was going t'say.

 
Mengo09
210622.  Mon Sep 17, 2007 9:44 pm Reply with quote

petipetra wrote:
well, the only f-word with the vowels in the right order, then ;) does not sound as QI, though.

Well, yeah

 
jaygeemack
210742.  Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:48 am Reply with quote

petipetra wrote:
well, the only f-word with the vowels in the right order, then ;) does not sound as QI, though.

It is also the only word in the English language with this particular collection of letters in this particular order.

 
Tas
210743.  Tue Sep 18, 2007 7:51 am Reply with quote

Quote:
petipetra wrote:
well, the only f-word with the vowels in the right order, then ;) does not sound as QI, though.

It is also the only word in the English language with this particular collection of letters in this particular order.


Aside from facetiousness. Of course, I may have made that word up...

:-)

Tas

 
dr.bob
210765.  Tue Sep 18, 2007 8:44 am Reply with quote

And facetiously :)

 
markvent
210833.  Tue Sep 18, 2007 10:21 am Reply with quote

FacetiŠ in booksellers' catalogues was a euphemism for erotica.
I suppose meaning "jokes or novelties".

Whilst on the subject of F words .. I'd like to bring up the word FLUKE.

the first use of the word I can find seems to have come from Old Norse "Floke" meaning a flatfish, in itself possible from Old German "Floch" meaning flat. More laterly FLUKE seems to be used to refer specifically to the Summer Flounder.

It is also the name given ot the flat blade of an anchor, which I presume comes from its resembalance to the above and the fact that it buries itself in the sand of the seabed emulating a trait of flatfish, although this link is unproven. The term is then applied to the tail of a whale, again most obviously due to a resemblance to both or either of the above.

The term then surfaces again in the 1800's as a slang term for a gullible person what we might refer to today as a "Mug". Now either before (or after) that, its really quite muddied, a gullible person was referred to as being "flat".

Fluke then suddenly and for no documented reason, assumes the meaning of a lucky shot in Billiards in the mid-19thC.

if I were to suggest a hypothesis I would suggest it would be related to some kind of hustling at billiards. Where the hustler would play badly, increasing the wager as they play, and then , at the crucial moment, winning by a fluke-shot at the end.

I love creating my own clunky etymologies ... feel free to comment :)

Mark.

 
Frances
212607.  Sun Sep 23, 2007 6:18 am Reply with quote

Flook was a cartoon strip by "Trog" in the Daily Mail newspaper, which ran from 1949 to 1984.

 
mckeonj
212691.  Sun Sep 23, 2007 9:28 am Reply with quote

'Trog' was the pen name of the team Wally Fawkes and George Melly. The neighbouring strip, from the same stable I think, was '4D Jones, the Space Cowboy'.
Well, 4 begins with F, dunnit?

 
Darrenaaa
222018.  Fri Oct 19, 2007 4:42 pm Reply with quote

Well, how about "Frak"? Not only a 1980s videogame devised by Nick "Orlando" Pelling, but also a rude word in Battlestar Galactica.

And the connection with the previous post is that the main character in the game "Frak!" is called Trogg.

 
CaptTimmy
222073.  Fri Oct 19, 2007 10:22 pm Reply with quote

I seriously cannot believe that no one has mentioned Floccinaucinihilipilification thus far, even though it surely has made its rounds of the forums. It's define as the estimation of something as valueless, and should also be a nomination for word with the most i's in it, or at least it ought to be up there.

 
Virunee
223928.  Fri Oct 26, 2007 4:30 am Reply with quote

How about an episode all about Stephen Fry himself.

 
zomgmouse
225758.  Wed Oct 31, 2007 8:53 pm Reply with quote

CaptTimmy wrote:
Floccinaucinihilipilification


Wikipedia tells me that this word was mentioned once on QI, but I haven't seen that episode.

While on the subject of 'f' words, I'd like to mention 'flummox', perhaps the best word not only beginning with 'f', but in the whole of the English language. Of course, there are words which sound just as exciting, such as 'gimcrack', 'lackadaisical', 'ingle-nook' or 'wainscoting'. Those five words happen to be my all-time favourites. For now.

 
Barry McStay
611492.  Fri Sep 11, 2009 3:01 pm Reply with quote

Floccinaucinihilipilification appears in 2x05 when Stephen asks the teams for a word invented by Edison. Jo Brand suggests it and gives its meaning, which Stephen congratulates her for knowing!

Figary is a word meaning a frolic, whim, vagary or notion - as in "I had a figary / I took a figary". I had thought it was a word only in use in Ireland, and sparingly too, suggesting it was an Irish-derived word, but I can't think of a Gaelic etymology for it. Answers.com suggests it is a corrupted form of VAGARY, which might fit in with the timbre of an Irish accent pronouncing the word. Answers.com also denotes it as Obsolete, though I do hear my older relatives still use it. It's a rare Irish surname too (sometimes spelt Figarey). I wondered if it was related to figaro (which is used to denote a barber) but it is suggested below that name derives from the Spanish for fig-tree.

http://www.chacha.com/question/what-does-the-name-figaro-mean

 

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