A small village of approx. 12,000 in east-central Illinois, located at the intersection of Interstates 57 and 70. Known to many passers-through simply as "that town with the big white cross which for some reason is clad in white mobile home siding."
Acknowledged by some as the unofficial southern boundary of intelligent civilization in the state of Illinois. . .any farther south, better break out the banjo and raise the confederate flag.
The word "effingham" is commonly misconstrued as some permutation of a curse word by individuals unfamiliar with the city's meager existence.
Interesting factoid: Effigham High School's mascot. . ."The Flaming Hearts"
"I'm from Effingham."
"What? Are you serious. . .is that really the name of the town?"
". . .*sigh*. . .yes."
definition: all-purpose, relatively clean yet still dirty-sounding replacement for fuck.
background: created by some fools I know (big props to the GTX for using this first!) as an all-purpose replacement for...yeah, you see how that goes. The derivation comes from seeing a street sign for "effingham street", and things just went from there.
"That effingham rules!"
"you effingham f*cktard"
used with primarily army personnel to describe a particularly retarded action or comeback by another soldier
can also be used in a west virginia type context to describe being from a primarily "straight" family tree.
timothy says the classic comeback of "your momma" and gets the response "your effingham" which shuts him up.