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To: BenLurkin
Somewhere I read the “F” word didn't come into or vocabulary until the late 1800’s (1899+)and early 1900’s. Swearing back in Lincoln's time was more descriptive than single words.
4 posted on 12/06/2012 10:31:23 AM PST by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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To: SkyDancer

The “F” word has been around for a long time, but it was previously known as an acronym: For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge and was painted on the stockades of people who committed adultery.

Its use as a word wasn’t really widespread until the 20th century and was generally meant to mean “sex.”


8 posted on 12/06/2012 10:42:22 AM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: SkyDancer

The F word dates back to the Middle Ages at least and is probably much older (the German, Norwegian and Dutch languages that are related to or have had influence on the English Language in Anglo-Saxon times have similar words meaning the same thing as the ‘F’ Word).

It could not have survived until the 1890s unless it was in common usage outside of polite society. Back in the 1860s, it would probably have been seen as so far beyond the pale that its use would not have been typically recorded in documentary evidence, but it must have been used, or else it would have been lost. Not everyone was a lady or a gentleman back then...


10 posted on 12/06/2012 10:45:01 AM PST by sinsofsolarempirefan
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To: SkyDancer; All
“Somewhere I read the “F” word didn't come into or vocabulary until the late 1800’s (1899+)and early 1900’s”

I don't know where you got your information, but the F word meaning sexual intercourse has been in the English common language for at least 1000 years. The word is used in Chaucer's “The Canterbury Tales” (The Miller's Tale, precisely), from the 1100s and it was an ancient word then.

Perhaps what gets some people confused is that prior to the 20th century, the word was ONLY used to mean sexual intercourse; not as a utterance closer in meaning to “damn,” or a noun meaning a cheap sex partner, etc.

39 posted on 12/06/2012 12:47:43 PM PST by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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