Drat vs Foo - What's the difference?

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Drat is a synonym of foo.

As interjections the difference between drat and foo

is that drat is a cry of anger or frustration while foo is .

As a verb drat

is (transitive and intransitive) to damn or curse.

As a noun foo is

(computing) a metasyntactic variable used to represent an unspecified entity if part of a series of such entities, it is often the first in the series, and followed immediately by bar or foo can be (slang) fool, foolish person.

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  • To damn or curse.
  • That dratted cat's been in the vegetable patch again.
  • * 1882 , The Japan Daily Mail (page 1129)
  • Whereat Mr. Fussy Fumer, gravely displeased, hastens home and writes an anonymous letter to Mrs. Gamp, who joins him in dratting the 'imperent upstart,' and denouncing the incompetence of the police.
  • * 1999 , Guy Murchie, ''The Seven Mysteries of Life: An Exploration in Science & Philosophy - Page 14
  • And should you be one of those conventional persons who thinks of parasites as abnormal or perhaps goes so far as to drat the varmints, you may be surprised to discover, as I did, that parasites live both inside and outside most organisms in all the kingdoms, which makes parasitism thoroughly normal


  • A cry of anger or frustration
  • Synonyms

    * crap! * damn! * goddammit!


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    Etymology 1

    Circa 1935 as nonsense word, circa 1960 in programming sense. (detailed etymology) Originated circa 1935 as nonsense word in (Smokey Stover)'' comic strip (1935–73) by (Bill Holman) (from which also foo fighter).foo]”, ''[http://catb.org/jargon/html/index.html The Jargon File Holman states that his usage was from seeing “foo” on the base of a jade (etyl) figurine in , meaning “good luck”, presumably a transliteration of the (fu character) , " The History of Bill Holman]", [http://www.smokey-stover.com/ Smokey-Stover.com], Smokey Stover LLC – article by nephew of Bill Holman"[http://web.archive.org/web/19990222143614/http://members.aol.com/EOCostello/ Warner Brothers Cartoon Companion]" and figurines of the trio of eponymous male "star gods" are common in Chinese communities. Meaning influenced by fooey, fool, and feh. Used throughout the comic strip’s run, with later uses in the 1930s include ''(The Daffy Doc)'' (1938) and ''[[w:Pogo (comic strip), Pogo]. In computing usage, popularized by the (Tech Model Railroad Club) (TMRC), whose 1959 Dictionary of the TMRC Language , had an entry similar to the following, parodying the mantra (Om mani padme hum) (replacing om with foo ): : FOO: The first syllable of the sacred chant phrase “FOO MANE PADME HUM.” Our first obligation is to keep the foo counters turning. Related also to foobar, which is presumably derived from foo rather than the reverse.


    (wikipedia foo) (-)
  • (computing) A metasyntactic variable used to represent an unspecified entity. If part of a series of such entities, it is often the first in the series, and followed immediately by bar.
  • Suppose we have two objects, foo and bar .


    * RFC 3092, Etymology of "Foo" , (Internet Engineering Task Force) (IETF)

    Etymology 2



    (en interjection)
  • Oh foo – the cake burnt!
    * (expression of disgust) darn, drat

    Etymology 3

    Abbreviation of .

    Alternative forms

    * foo'


    (en noun)
  • (slang) fool, foolish person.
  • Etymology 4

    Proper noun

    (en proper noun)
  • Quotations


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