Origins of the Word F#@k

Tripped upon this in Snopes, found it interesting and thought I'd share. Hope I'm not offending anyone.

[****] is a very old word, recorded in English since the 15th century with cognates in other Germanic languages. The Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang cites Middle Dutch fokken = "to thrust, copulate with"; Norwegian dialect fukka = "to copulate"; and Swedish dialect focka = "to strike, push, copulate" and fock = "penis".

****' is an old word, even if it's been an almost taboo term for most of its existence. It was around; it just wasn't used in common speech all that much, let alone written down and saved for posterity. Likely its meaning contributed to its precise origin becoming lost in the mists of time — scholars of old would have been in no hurry to catalogue the growth of this word, and by the time it forced its way into even the most respectable of dictionaries, its parentage was long forgotten. ... How utterly prosaic to find out '****' came to us the way most words sneak into the language — it jumped the fence from another tongue, was spelled and pronounced a bit differently in its new home, and over time drifted into being a distinct word recognized by everyone. Takes all the fun out of it, it does.

mflatham mflatham
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1 Response May 20, 2007

F.U.C.K. comes from the dark ages when the Plague had devastated much of Europe's population and the remaining King issued a Proclamation freeiing all men and women from the edict of the Holy Roman Church and allowing fredom of interecourse in order to establish an increase in the growth of a new population...the Proculamation read: Fornication Under Consent of the King anacronym = **** TacoTuesday