ఫసక్

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Telugu[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From a 2018 interview where Telugu film actor Mohan Babu recalled a dialogue in Telugu where he acted as a villain ordering a hitman to kill his wife and translated it into English; he concluded the dialogue with "Don’t kill so many [sic; actually referring to the number of stabs] like this. Only once. Fasak!", with the last word being an ad-lib that was not present in the original dialogue (possibly being onomatopoeia for chopping). The interview subsequently went viral on the Internet and the word was popularized.[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Interjection[edit]

ఫసక్ (phasak)

  1. (slang) a somewhat nonsensical expression; usually used in a similar sense to finish or in one fell swoop as a euphemism for killing or destroying something
    • 2019 September 22, Praveen Kumar Vadla, “మళ్లీ ఇప్పుడు ఫసక్ డైలాగ్ కూతురుతో చెప్పించాడు బన్నీ.”, in News18 Telugu[2]:
      ఓన్లీ వన్స్ ఫసక్ అంటూ మోహన్ బాబు చెప్పిన డైలాగును నేర్పించిన బన్నీ..
      ōnlī vans phasak aṇṭū mōhan bābu ceppina ḍailāgunu nērpiñcina bannī..
      Once again, he [Allu Arjun] delivered the Finish! dialogue with his daughter.
    • 2021 September 10, “నాని 'టక్ జగదీష్' మూవీ రివ్యూ”, in Asianet News[3]:
      అందుకోసం అవసరం అయితే ఫ్యామిలీని ఫసక్ చేసేద్దామనుకుంటాడు.
      andukōsaṃ avasaraṃ ayitē phyāmilīni phasak cēsēddāmanukuṇṭāḍu.
      He is willing to "finish" (destroy) the family if necessary.
    • (Can we date this quote?) “చైనా ఆశలు రెండుగంటల్లోనే ఫసక్‌..!”, in Eenadu[4]:
      చైనా ఆశలు రెండుగంటల్లోనే ఫసక్‌..!
      cainā āśalu reṇḍugaṇṭallōnē phasak‌..!
      In two hours, China's hopes were completely dashed!

References[edit]

  1. ^ “Fasak! It’s trending and only actor Mohan Babu can say what the word means”, in The Times of India[1], 2018-09-04, retrieved 2021-10-04

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