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 Post subject: Faffing & Fannying
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 4:46 pm 
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I suspect the modern term 'fannying around' has little to do with either American or British fannies (the title of the novel 'Fanny by Gaslight' always amused me as a kid) and more of a corruption/coloquialism of 'faffing around'...possibly.


Further research (Online Dictionary of Slang) reveals subtle distinction between these two useful phrases. 'Faffing' appears to be a more deliberate act of fussing about something that causes a delay whereas 'fannying' is more of a casual wasting of time.

There is a website that gives a mathematical fomula for calculating the faff factor.

So I stick with the a**e/butt connexion as supported by the online 'Free Dictionary':

Noun 1. fanny - the fleshy part of the human body that you sit on; "he deserves a good kick in the butt"; "are you going to sit on your fanny and do nothing?"
a**e, ***, behind, buns, buttocks, hind end, hindquarters, keister, nates, posterior, prat, derriere, rear end, tooshie, tush, seat, fundament, backside, bottom, rump, stern, tail end, tail, rear, bum, can, butt


Good job Wyre Archaeology members do neither!
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 Post subject: Re: Faffing & Fannying
PostPosted: Tue Sep 21, 2010 5:12 pm 
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There is a website that gives a mathematical fomula for calculating the faff factor.


No doubt the formula pinned down by the legendary Professor Heinz Ulks-Ache, from whom we derive the famous idom: "Faff Ulks-Ache".

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