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07 November 2004 @ 09:11 pm
A question about British English...  
To what does the word "sod" as in "sod it" refer—what does it mean, if anything? Thanks.
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Both, And...polyfrog on November 7th, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC)
I don;t know the etymology, but I know that it's roughly equivalent to the transitive form of "fuck" in American English: "fuck it" and "fuck off" become "sod it" and "sod off."
dsgood on November 7th, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC)
Via Bartleby:

The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language: Fourth Edition. 2000.


NOUN: 1. Chiefly British Vulgar Slang A sodomite. 2. A person regarded as obnoxious or contemptible. 3. A fellow; a guy: “Poor sod, he almost got lucky for once” (Jack Higgins).
TRANSITIVE VERB: Inflected forms: sod·ded, sod·ding, sods
To damn.
PHRASAL VERB: sod off Used in the imperative to dismiss someone angrily.
ETYMOLOGY: Short for sodomite.
Fred A Levy Haskell: eyes of the Fredcritterfredcritter on November 7th, 2004 10:28 pm (UTC)

Thanks, Dan!

Looking it up—what a concept! Why didn't I think of that!?