What’s The Origin Of The F-word?
It’s one of the most versatile words in the English language, but where did the F-word come from? Initially, the naughtiest of naughty words was quite an acceptable word, though no English speaker would say that today.
F-ck is believed to have first shown up in written form sometime in the 1400s, and it was disguised in a cypher, although it was in use well before then.
The F-word in the dictionary
The F-word was recorded in a dictionary in 1598 (John Florio’s A World of Words, London: Arnold Hatfield for Edw. Blount). It is remotely derived from the Latin future and Old German Ficken/fucken meaning ‘to strike or penetrate’, which had the slang meaning to copulate. Eric Partridge, a famous etymologist, said that the German word was related to the Latin words for pugilist, puncture, and prick. One folk etymology claims that it…
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