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  1. bugger all, fuck all, Fanny Adams, sweet Fanny Adamsnoun

    little or nothing at all

    "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"

  2. Fanny Adamsnoun

    nautical term for tinned meat


  1. Fanny Adamsnoun

    Nothing (sanitized version of fuck all).

  2. Etymology: From Fanny Adams (1859-1867), a young girl brutally murdered and dismembered. Tins of mutton introduced in the British navy after her death were not liked by the sailors and were taken to be her butchered remains. Fanny Adams then came to mean any worthless thing, and thence nothing at all.


  1. Fanny Adams

    Fanny Adams (30 April 1859 – 24 August 1867) was an eight-year-old English girl who was murdered by solicitor's clerk, Frederick Baker, in Alton, Hampshire, on 24 August 1867. The murder itself was extraordinarily brutal and caused a national outcry in the United Kingdom. Fanny was abducted by Baker and taken into a hop garden near her home, where she was brutally murdered and dismembered; some parts were never found. Further investigations suggested that two small knives were used for the murder, but it was later ruled they would have been insufficient to carry out the crime and that another weapon must have been used. Used to express total downtime or inaction, the military, manual-trade and locker room talk phrase "sweet Fanny Adams" has been in use since at least the mid-20th century, vying with a stronger expletive. Unusually, the phrase is not a bowdlerisation; "Fanny Adams" arrived in 1860s naval slang to describe the new tinned meat which was of dubious provenance. It broadened to mean anything badly substandard, then further so as to merge with the expletive sharing its initial letters to mean nothing at all. The phrase also appears today as "sweet F.A."


  1. fanny adams

    "Fanny Adams" is a British slang term used to imply "nothing" or "very little". It is often used in the phrase "sweet Fanny Adams" as a mild form of expletive or to describe worthlessness. The phrase originated from the murder case of an eight-year-old girl named Fanny Adams in England in the 1860s. Later, it became naval slang for tinned mutton, which the sailors likened to the butchered remains of Fanny Adams due to its poor quality. Over time, it has been abbreviated to 'FA', and evolved into a phrase indicating a lack of substance or value.


  1. Fanny Adams

    Fanny Adams was a young English girl murdered by solicitor's clerk Frederick Baker in Alton, Hampshire. The expression "sweet Fanny Adams" refers to her and has come, through British naval slang, to mean "nothing at all".

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fanny Adams in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Fanny Adams in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8


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