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I've just had the word 'firking' cut by my editor

Now, it's not what it sounds like - it has a specific meaning. It's from the verb to furk, which my Chambers Dictionary defines as "to drive: to rouse: to whip or to beat" and quotes first use in Shakespeare, and states that it is derived from the Old English fercian, which means 'to conduct'. Iill admit it's a little rare, but I felt that the context would have made it plain to everyone. Well, nearly everyone. The context was - broadly - 'to firk money out of life insurers'. I am sure you can think of plenty of times that's been done :-)

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