One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Used to express disgust or outrage.‘if people don't answer your first letter, fie on them!’
- ‘Pressing the worry lines from his face, Broder shouts fie on the do-nothing Congress and demands an end to partisan bickering.’
- ‘Then hear this, Sir Thomas: fie on utopia, hooray for dystopia!’
- ‘Thanks to everyone who wrote to say fie upon the mean lady.’
- ‘So fie, for shame, and I declare myself rededicated to this humble art, even to the extent of journaling at work.’
- ‘And fie to those ‘Johnny come lately’ locals, who try to warn me off.’
Middle English: via Old French from Latin fi, an exclamation of disgust at a stench.
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