Posted by Gary on October 15, 2001
In Reply to: F**kin' ada posted by ESC on October 13, 2001
: : : Where did the phrase f***in' A come from and why is it used? Why not F**ckin' B or C etc. This phase is usually used to express enthusiastic approval etc. As in the following example:
: : : QUESTION --- "Did you have fun at the party last night?"
: : : ANSWER --- "f***in' A !!!!!
: : There is a book, "The F Word," that might have more details. That book hasn't made its way onto my bookshelf yet. Here's what I found in another source:
: : f**king-A - adv., adj., interjection & infix. (f**cking + A) origin unknown; perhaps abstracted from a phrase such as "you're f**king A-number-one right!) cf. (around) 1970.(meaning) yes, indeed; absolutely (correct).usually considered vulgar. From Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994.
: : : Thanks for your help.
: : : JD
: Then there's this from another source under "Exclamations of annoyance":
: f**cking ada British; ada perhaps arbitrarily from the
female personal name Ada. From Oxford Dictionary of Modern Slang
by John Ayto (Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 1999).
: Maybe we stole it from the British and shortened it.
Maybe, although f**cking ada, which is still in wide use in the UK, is an exclamation of surprise rather than approval.