I Fart in Your General Direction
I fart in your general direction is a popular infantile insult, retaining a pejorative sense, all the while avoiding slurs and profanities.
The expression was popularized in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
Farting at someone as an insult has been a reemerging topic in history, with a popular example of it emerging in Benjamin Jonson’s 1612 comedy, The Alchemist where the phrase “I fart at thee” appears in Act I, Scene I.
This drama is considered to be an inspiration for the line in Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
The Monty Python comedy was premiered in 1975, with one of the scenes depicting Frenchmen occupying a castle, King Arthur wishes to recruit in.
One of the defenders, who don’t want to let the Englishmen inside their fortress, throws the insult “I fart in your general direction” at the knights.
Spread and Usage
The great success of Monty Python and the Holy Grail resulted in many fans adopting the insult, as a funny yet effective affront.
“I fart in your general direction” was first defined on Urban Dictionary in 2003.