furshlugginer

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From the Yiddish, one of several words Anglicized and popularized by the original writers of MAD Magazine. The word comes from shlogn ("to hit") with the prefix far- which often indicates the one so described is taking on the quality named. Thus, in Yiddish it means an old, battered piece of junk.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /fəˈʃlʌɡɪnə/

Adjective[edit]

furshlugginer (comparative more furshlugginer, superlative most furshlugginer)

  1. well-worn, beat-up, piece of junk
    • 2001: I trust you, I just don’t trust that furshlugginer hunk of junk over there. — Glen David Gold, Carter Beats the Devil

Usage notes[edit]

In English, "furshlugginer" can also have creative meanings when the user deems necessary. Often used in a negative sense (ex: "You furshlugginer robot! Can't you do anything right?"), it came into popular usage in the 1950's when it began to be used by 'MAD', the comic book predecessor of 'MAD Magazine'. Some Americans pronounce it without the first "r".