A Potted History of the Word "Fuck"

#History

Sun, Feb 16th, 2014 21:00 by capnasty NEWS

On the So Long As It's Words blog, the history of the origin of the word fuck is explained. And if you're one of the people that believes fuck means for unlawful carnal knowledge, you are so very wrong.

One origin story for fuck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that’s wrong. And if you do believe that, stop it. Stop it right now.

But right now there’s a post going round with a lovely image of a manuscript from Brasenose College, Oxford, proudly declaring it’s the earliest instance of fuck in English (although, it notes, that is apart from that pesky one from Scotland and that one that says fuck but is written in code). But even if we DO agree to discount those two little exceptions, it’s still not the earliest instance. I think the Brasenose fuck was considered the earliest in 1993, and that’s quite out-dated now.

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