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Frig (word)

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Frig (/frɪɡ/)[1] is an interjection in the English language that expresses contempt.[2] The word can be used as a euphemism for fuck or to refer to masturbation or sexual intercourse.[3] The participle form frigging is used as an adjective to express annoyance or frustration.[4] Oxford University Press' Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang argues that frig originally meant to move restlessly.[5] A different etymology is proposed by Oxford University Press' Dictionary of Euphemisms, which argues that frig initially meant to rub and developed its sexual meanings from this origin; this dictionary further argues that the modern meanings of the word are not derived from the Cornish word frig, meaning wife, or from the Germanic deity Frigg, the wife of Odin[{conjecture}].[6] The deity Frigg has sometimes been referred to in recent times as "Friga" or "Frigga" in order to distance her from the English word frig.[7] The word's use as a synonym for masturbate[extracted from frig-same route meaning] dates to 1598 in the United Kingdom, while its use as a euphemism for fuck dates to 1879 in the United Kingdom.[8] In 1892, the word was subtly included in Joseph Wright's glossary of the dialect of the Yorkshire village of Windhill, with the Latin definition coire.[9] Frig has entered the Australian English lexicon.[10] In the U.S. state of Maine, frig does not have the sexual connotations that it has elsewhere, and has gained social acceptance in the phrase frig around meaning to fool around or to putter around.[11]

In popular culture[edit]

  • The word is used in the title of the bawdy drinking song "Friggin' in the Riggin'".

Also in the film East is East. "Frig off and wash your bastard curtains you dirty cow."

References[edit]

  1. Allied Chambers 1999, p. 533.
  2. Witte 2012, p. 82.
  3. Sheidlower 2009, p. 59.
  4. Hughes 2015, p. 186.
  5. Ayto & Simpson 2010, p. 99.
  6. Holder 2008, p. 189.
  7. Sheard 2011, p. 238.
  8. Dalzell & Victor 2014, p. 322.
  9. Wright, Joseph (1892). A Grammar of the Dialect of Windhill in the West Riding of Yorkshire. Illustrated by a series of dialect specimens, phonetically rendered; with a glossarial index of the words used in the grammar and specimens. London: Kegan Paul. p. 226. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  10. Miller 2015, p. 72.
  11. Hendrickson 2000, p. 225.

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