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How do you spell "forget about it", and what does it mean?


Answer:   According to the signs erected at the roadways exiting Brooklyn the proper spelling is fuhgeddaboudit


Picture of a fuhgeddaboudit sign, on the way out of Brooklyn

The signs are at four locations:
  • Gowanus Expressway approaching the Verazzano
  • BQE approaching the Kosciuczko Bridge
  • Belt Parkway near the Queens border, and
  • Belt Parkway, ramp to the Verazzano



For its meaning, we turn to Donnie Brasco:

Fuhgeddaboudit is like if you agree with someone, you know, like "Raquel Welsh is one great piece of ass, fuhgeddaboudit." But then, if you disagree, like "A Lincoln is better than a Cadillac? Fuhgeddaboudit!" you know? But then, it's also like if something's the greatest thing in the world, like "Minga! Those peppers? Fuhgeddaboudit!" But it's also like saying "Go to hell!" too. Like, you know, like "Hey Paulie, you got a one inch pecker?" and Paulie says "Fuhgeddaboudit!" Sometimes it just means forget about it.

Caution: R-rated language below



And if you're looking for some other common Brooklynese: Try these on for size: Getouttahere!, Eatcha heart outcha bums!, not for nothin..., whattayagonnado, Yo! Commere!, and last but certainly not least, I'm just sayin!





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