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  • phrase vulgar, slang Used after interrogative pronouns as an intensifier to express anger, frustration, incredulity, or other strong emotion.
  • phrase vulgar, slang Used after verbs forming a part of a phrasal verb as an intensifier to imply aggressive emphasis.
  • phrase vulgar, slang Used as a shortened form of the common interrogative phrases.
  • phrase vulgar, slang Used to emphatically express that something isn't true.


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  • Seems to be quite a distinct unit to me. Yesterday I heard a person exclaim, 'Who the fuck's business is it?!' with the functional effect of 'It's no-one else's business!' I suppose you could say that who the fuck is the subject with the fuck acting as some kind of qualifier ... I say some kind because it's difficult to pin down a specific meaning.

    Similar goings on in What the fuck are you doing?, etc.

    September 23, 2009

  • sometimes it is fun just to leave off a 5-W and just say "THE FUCK IS THIS?"

    September 23, 2009

  • Is this really any different that "What are you fucking doing?"

    September 28, 2009

  • Different in what way?

    September 28, 2009