by Patrick Appel

Andrea Walker briefly reviews Jesse Sheidlower's new book:

Though the earliest examples are to be found in the fifteenth century, the more than one hundred new definitions included in this edition extend to "artfuck," "MILF," and "Fuckfriend." Other entries which fascinated me: early names for hawks were "windfucker" or "fuckwind," from 1599 and 1611, respectively. A "Dutch fuck" is the act of using one cigarette to light another. And then there are the expressions: "hotter than a fresh-fucked fox in a forest fire" (translation: "extremely hot"); "fucked by the fickle finger of fate" (translation: "thwarted or victimized by bad fortune"); and, a military expression, said in reference to a stupid man, "could fuck up a wet dream" (no translation required).