Sod (insult)

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Sod in British English is a piece of grass with roots and soil but is not always used with this meaning. As a crude imperative meaning to go away, it is generally teamed with 'off', i.e., 'sod off' meaning to get lost/go away/fuck off. This phrase is very, very old and originates in a time when people in UK used to cover the entrance to their habitations with sod. They would take the sod off the entrance to come in and out. If you didn't like what your guest said and wanted to tell him to get out, you might say “sod's off to you” or nowadays simply “sod off”. It can generally be applied to refer to a person in a most basic sense and frequently preceded by a modifying adjective (“That crazy sod almost ran me over!”). It can be used as many different parts of speech – e.g. in the imperative mood, “Sod off, you slag!”. Such uses as “Sod it!” and “Sod this” are often exclamations of frustration. This word has no known connection to sodomy or sodomites, as some in the LGBT community have maintained.


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