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Where Did the F-Word Come From?

Where Did the F-Word Come From?

BaKlol asks: Where did the word fuck come from? In its various incarnations, the F-word can be a noun, verb, adjective, and even an infix. Moving on from there, the first documented instance of some version of the F-word appears in a name- that of John le Fucker in 1278. Notably here the author is Latinizing the then English word “fucc”, which was common at the time when the person didn’t know the Latin equivalent of the English word, or if one didn’t seem to exist. This line of words, in turn, is speculated to come from the Proto-Indo-European *pewg meaning “to strike/hit”.

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