What’s The Origin Of The F-word?

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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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On the Wing by L. Martel


Another work from my Friday morning art group. This is a poster paint on sketch pad titled On the Wing. It is suppose to represent a group of swans on take off. It would probably be better done in oil.


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