|Definition||a stupid or incompetent person|
|OED requirements||antedating 1950|
|Earliest cite||in 'Spacewarp #42'|
|Comment||A bowdlerization of 'fuckhead'.
Leah Zeldes submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II. Fred Galvin submitted a 1959 cite from Bruce Pelz's apazine "The Savoyard". Fred Galvin submitted a 1958 cite from Ralph M. Holland's "Ghu's Lexicon". Fred Galvin submitted a 1964 cite from Theodore Sturgeon's introduction to a reprint of his story "The Wages of Synergy". Fred Galvin submitted cites from a 1962 reprint of Robert Bloch's "I'll Fry Tomorrow". We would be interested in verification in its original publication (Science Fiction Five-Yearly #1, November-December, 1956). Fred Galvin submitted cites from 1969 from Harry Warner's "All Our Yesterdays". Bill Mullins submitted a September 1950 cite from the fanzine "Spacewarp" #42. Ralf Brown submitted a cite for the spelling "fughead" from a 1985 reprint of Ben Bova's 1982 "Test of Fire"
|Last modified||6 July, 2008|
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|1958 R. M. Holland Ghu's Lexicon 10||Fugghead , a dim wit. A lame brain. A fan who is either too dumb to know or too stubborn to admit that your way is the logical, most practical, and best way of doing anything.|
|1959 R. Eney Fancyclopaedia II (1979) 73||fugghead (Laney), a close relative of the LMJ. Tho Art Rapp once defined the term as ‘someone who disagrees with Laney’, a fugghead is more correctly one who speaks before he thinks, if indeed he thinks at all; a maker of asinine statements, silly assertions, and fraudulent claims. ‘A fugghead is a stupid oaf with a babbling tongue,’ defines Tucker concisely. First part of the word is bowdlerized; a little thought will suffice to translate it.|
|1959 Savoyard Dec. 4||For fuggheads (who are Legion) I have withering replies; When neos make mistakes, I feel I have to criticize.|
|1962 R. Bloch I'll Fry Tomorrow 52||Our weekly meetings are held in a little hall downtown, and every member is required to attend. Generally, we devote a certain amount of time to discussing each other's past fuggheadedness, and give testimony of our thanks at escaping from the clutches of organized fandom. Sometimes we have a little program with speakers, and we often invite fuggheads from other parts of the country to be our guests. You see, we have a great number of correspondents here and abroad, and many of us now print up little Fuggheads Anonymous magazines for general distribution. Our membership is limited to seventy-five at the present time, but we have about forty-two on our waiting list. Perhaps next year we'll hold a sort of get-together or convention. So, you see, I have found it easy to forget fandom. Fuggheads Anonymous has given me a new outlook.|
|1964 T. Sturgeon Introduction to Wages of Synergy in Sturgeon in Orbit 36||Into the strange cosmos of Golden Age science fiction—where first the plural of ‘fans’ was ‘fen’ and a letters' section in the magazine became a ‘lettercol’ and the activities of fen were ‘fanac’, and a fugghead was a ‘fugghead’—came Samuel Mines, from whence, fen never knew and, after a few issues, to where, few found out.|
|1969 H. Warner All our Yesterdays xx||Fugghead—Originally, bowdlerized written version of a vivid slang word, later an independent insult of only medium severity.|
|1991 L. Niven et al. Fallen Angels 357||Niven's law. No cause is so noble that it won't attract fuggheads.|