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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.


Delightful! Gives added resonance to the classic, "Fee, fie fo fum, I smell the blood of an Englishman!"
ruddigore1 at aol .com

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

In Spanish we still use "fo" and I'm guessing they are related.
anon0 at

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