It derives from a Latin word that was used to express
disgust at the smell of a stench, and it is what an Englishman would say to
express outraged propriety. What archaic three-letter oath is
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As in fie on you. The word derives from
the Latin fi, yuck.
Delightful! Gives added resonance
to the classic, "Fee, fie fo fum, I smell the blood of an
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Related, no doubt, to the Yiddish "Feh!," meaning "It stinks! No
good" or expressing disgust, as in "Feh, don't touch that dirty thing," or
"Feh, you didn't clean off your shoes? You just left a trail of dreck on the
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In Spanish we still use
"fo" and I'm guessing they are related.
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