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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 it?




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Answer: fie

As in fie on you. The word derives from the Latin fi, yuck.

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Delightful! Gives added resonance to the classic, "Fee, fie fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!"
ruddigore1 at aol .com
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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 carpet."
jackoO at Olycos.com
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In Spanish we still use "fo" and I'm guessing they are related.
anon0 at 0anon.com
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