A clusterfuck of fuckery

I wrote a book about words for bullshit this year, but I missed some words. I think my most egregious omission was fuckery. That’s a damn popular word for unadulterated bullshit.

Fuckery has been around for over 100 years, and Jesse Sheidlower’s The F-Word records several meanings. The first two are pretty literal—a fuckery has been a brothel since at least 1901, and the act of making sweet whoopee since at least 1961. But the third meaning is the one that’s in the realm of bullshit: “despicable behavior; (also) treachery.” The first known use, from Stephen King’s 1978 novel The Stand, has more than a whiff of BS: “That was an act of pure human fuckery.” A 1998 use in Colin Channer’s book Waiting in Vain is even closer to malarkey and hooey: “He’d even asked her to marry him…and she’d said no. Said some fuckery like, Only if we’re allowed to see other people.”

A major spreader of the word seems to be Amy Winehouse’s 2006 song “Me & Mr. Jones,” which included the word in lines such as “What kind of fuckery is this?” and “What kind of fuckery are we?” Green’s Dictionary of slang lists fuckery as meaning nonsense since at least the late 1990s, sometimes in plural form as fuckeries. He also records examples of it as an adjective: “some fuckery social study” and “all that fuckery stereotyping and media shit.”

While fuckery as BS seems to have evolved from the treacherous sense of the word, I wonder if it was influenced by a variation of mindfuck: namely, mindfuckery. Mindfuckery sure sounds like come kind of Jedi malarkey trick.

Here are some recent examples of fuckery in use, showing the range of this useful word. As you’ll see, fuckery can describe professional wresting shenanigans, ghastly hair choices like the man-bun, holiday horseshit, and online dating. Everything is fuckery to someone.

“John’s mother says, ‘It’s a funny story born of tragedy,’ and filmmakers Bryan Carberry and J. Clay Tweel nimbly tell this tale of what one interviewee calls, ‘fuckery and shenanigans.’”

Dec. 11, Salon

“There’s also this intense responsibility I feel to make sure the other person has a good time when I ask them to do something. Otherwise, I’m like, we could’ve stayed in the house. And I feel guilty for subjecting them to fuckery.”

Dec. 9, Madame Noire

“Wear the perfume, because it’s fun, and it washes off easy, unlike that ill-advised tattoo or the shock of blue you put in your hair after a crying jag but before you go to bed. Wear it as a safeguard against fuckery, as an olfactory shield against the horror of the world.”

Dec. 9, The Frisky

“This is starting to get really dangerous and not the least bit funny. Kids are now starting to attack schoolmates for their religious affiliation because of this poor excuse for a man. The fuckery needs to stop NOW.”

Dec. 8, The Daily Banter

“I get what they did there, they want it to look like Reigns can win heading into the PPV and further prove that Sheamus won only because of fuckery.”

Dec. 7, 411mania

“We’d touch on celebrity deaths and the tragedy of them – we’d talk Robin Williams – Whitney Houston –  James Gandolfini – and Casey Kasem – you bet we’d talk about the clusterfuck of fuckery that surrounded that poor sap’s end.”

Dec. 4, Chicago Now

“’Love For Breakfast’ is kind of a shout out to the new dismal dating environment brought on by dating apps. So much fuckery—just tell me you love me, right?”

Dec. 3, Thump

“Because it’s the damn holidays and in a world filled with infinite, everlasting fuckery, I’m lucky enough to write about records for a living.”

Nov. 25, Nashville Scene

“At one point Rae chides how Fif’s ‘haircut game is fucked up’; this was a time long before the widespread fuckery of the man-bun.”

Nov. 23, The Concourse

Shameless plug alert: If you’re looking for more words for “infinite everlasting fuckery,” check out Bullshit: A Lexicon. 100% hooey and poppycock, guaranteed!

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13 thoughts on “A clusterfuck of fuckery

  1. Pairs Well With... December 15, 2015 / 12:23 am

    My oh my! You may just be my new favorite blog on the block. You hit home when you classified man buns and online dating as “fuckery.” More so, you speak the truth and do with many laughable cited sources. I look forward to more Strong Language!

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  2. singlemumandotherstuff December 15, 2015 / 12:38 am

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading your fuckery post, I’m excited to read more of your eloquence, I bloody love a good fuck in a sentence, and when it comes in a clusterfuck of swears it’s a pure delight! Thank you! And go fuck yourself! (That should be taken in a kind of ‘do something nice for yourself way)

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  3. tmsqtrading December 15, 2015 / 5:25 am

    what a very entertaining and informative post!

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  4. mliae December 15, 2015 / 10:02 am

    Love it! 😀 Def needed some fakery insight to start the day 😉

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  5. c.l.skellern December 15, 2015 / 11:29 am

    Fantastic blog. I must admit to being a fairly ‘sweary’ person, and its an area of language that isn’t often appreciated for some reason! Fucking good post.

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  6. medicatedlady December 15, 2015 / 9:26 pm

    I think of “fuckery” as the filler for the blank space that often follows “OTHER” on multiple choice questions.

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  7. hotmessmemoir December 16, 2015 / 4:31 am

    You know who recently used the word fuckery in their novels? E.L. James of 50 Shades of Grey. Is Fuckery the new black?

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  8. boringbug December 16, 2015 / 10:28 am

    Humor in disguise!* What Fuckery is it? 😛

    Amazing post and a nice read.

    regards,

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  9. MindPlayingTricksOnMe December 16, 2015 / 7:20 pm

    I saw this post and immediately recalled some lyrics from “Good Girl Gone Bad” by Scarface (of Geto Boys)

    “I knew it was fuckery, wanted to see the money
    Said he never trusted me but I can understand that
    I got the money right here, now where’s the fucking dope at”

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  10. regurgitateddreams December 31, 2015 / 1:16 am

    I love this!! It’s probably my favorite blog. Fuckery is one of my favorite words,lol.

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