from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy, stale atmosphere, especially the musty air of an overcrowded or poorly ventilated room: "In spite of the open windows the stench had become a reeking fug” ( Colleen McCullough).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A heavy, musty, and unpleasant atmosphere, usually in a poorly-ventilated area.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (British informal) an airless smoky smelly atmosphere
I think this book should have been called An Abundance of Fugs, mainly because the word fug (or some variation thereof) is used about 7500 times (not that I counted).
When Norman Mailer wrote his first novel, The Naked and the Dead, he used a euphemism -- "fug" -- for fuck.
I think he used "fug" in The Naked and the Dead, unless I'm thinking of someone else.
Dict.leo says the English word for this is "fug" but I never heard it before.
Like a kid, Mr. Mailer was fascinated by his own naughtiness -- his earliest critics castigated him for the vulgarity of his language, though his editors insisted that he use the word "fug" in "The Naked and the Dead."
I had bought a quantity of Cox's and Bramley apples with which to make some mincemeat, and having spent a morning in the kitchen inhaling the fug of warm spices, cider and the rich sweetness of cooked apples, I felt ready to bake a little something for immediate consumption don't you think that 'fug' is the perfect word for cider related activities?
I feel like I'm trapped in a neverending continental balmy fug which is rendering everything utterly unfamiliar and alien.
Someone more industrious needs to add a note about John Green's use of "fug" in Abundance of Katherines ala Mailer to the Wikipedia list of fictional expletives.
I have a very strong impression that that was like the "fug" in Mailer's early novels.
So after seeing people agreeing that this outfit is "fug" about one bad picture, I decided to make a few nice ones to know that for sure!
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