Full record for fugghead n.

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"

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Citations for fugghead n.

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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.