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"cluster f#ck"?

Posted by ESC on May 13, 2006

In Reply to: "Cluster f#ck"? posted by rbrooku on May 12, 2006

: Anyone know the origin of the term "cluster f#ck"? It seems to be military in origin, or at least usage.

According to "Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang, Volume 1, A-G" by J.E. Lighter, Random House, New York, 1994:

The noun clusterf*ck meant orgy in the 1960s (cites use in 1966). The first recorded military use of the word is cited for 1969 and means "bungled or confused undertaking" or a "disorganized group of individuals" and bungler or idiot. The verb cluster-f*ck meaning "to congregate in a disorganized or offensive manner" originated in the military also .

And I love when they say this: usually considered vulgar.