Oxford English Dictionary adds 'fuhgeddaboudit'

The Oxford English Dictionary has added "fuhgeddaboudit."

- On Monday, the Oxford English Dictionary -- the definitive record of the English language -- recognized "fuhgeddaboudit" as a word: "In representations of regional speech (associated especially with New York and New Jersey): 'forget about it', used to indicate that a suggested scenario is unlikely or undesirable."

Bay Ridge needed no help defining "fuhgeddaboudit" on the day that blend of 14 letters entered a 132-year-old dictionary assembled 3,500 miles and an ocean away.

"Good thing is when you're with your friends and you're joking around and you just say 'fuhgeddaboudit. Bad thing is when someone pisses you off and you say 'fuhgeddaboudit, this guy's gotta go,'" said Vito, the manager at Pizza Wagon on 5th Avenue, who employed the OED's newest interjection to decline to share his last name.

"Fuhgeddaboudit," he said.

Johnny Vega explains how he might use it to complain about someone who did him wrong: "That guy's going to get it next week, fuhgeddaboudit."

Or to praise a delicious meal.

"That dinner? Fuhgeddaboudit, it was really good," Vega said. "I can go on and on and on."

And in this neighborhood of Brooklyn, this slurring of three words into one seems a logical -- even if overdue -- addition to the definitive record of our language.

"Oh, yeah, absolutely," Vega said. "Fuhgeddaboudit."

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