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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: rarestia
The "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge" story (as well as the other one, "Fornication Under Consent of the King") is a false etymology, invented after the fact, probably during the craze for initials in the early 1900s.

The word derives from Middle English "fucken" (to strike), German "ficken", and Low German "fokken", which means exactly the same thing as the "f" word.

12 posted on 12/06/2012 10:47:19 AM PST by AnAmericanMother (Ministrix of ye Chasse, TTGS Ladies' Auxiliary (recess appointment))
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To: rarestia
Sorry but that's not correct. The word goes back to early German and Danish times. The "F" word used today is a corruption of the early words.

There are several urban-legend false etymologies postulating an acronymic origin for the word. None of these acronyms was ever recorded before the 1960s, according to the authoritative lexicographical work The F-Word, and thus are backronyms.

18 posted on 12/06/2012 10:51:34 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: rarestia
Sorry but that's not correct. The word goes back to early German and Danish times. The "F" word used today is a corruption of the early words.

There are several urban-legend false etymologies postulating an acronymic origin for the word. None of these acronyms was ever recorded before the 1960s, according to the authoritative lexicographical work The F-Word, and thus are backronyms.

19 posted on 12/06/2012 10:54:42 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: rarestia

Interesting. I read a quotation from a transcript of a civil case in which John Adams was the lawyer for the accused. The accused said, at on point, “I fu&%ed her.” I was quite surprised.


28 posted on 12/06/2012 11:08:35 AM PST by Doctor 2Brains
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