Where Did the Word Fuck Come From?

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The Oxford dictionary definition: fuck (vulgar slang) • verb 1 have sexual intercourse with. 2 damage or ruin. • noun an act of sexual intercourse. • exclamation a strong expression of annoyance or contempt.

There are many theories as to the origin of the word fuck, most of them are wrong, and the ones that aren’t wrong, aren’t right either.  The word is one of those words that has no concrete history.  I will however give the most likely origins.

The first known occurrence of the word used in the terms that it means in today’s time was in   15th century.  A poem titled Flen flyys satirizes the Carmelite friars of Cambridge England.  Other than this hard evidence there is much speculation as to whether the word is from Latin (futuere), or Indo-European.  The Indo-European side of the argument points at the Germanic word fuk, which was probably used as a word to describe sexual intercourse.  There are even some that believe the word may have a Celtic origin.

It does not come from any kind of law in which adulterers were “Found Under Carnal Knowledge” not is it an acronym for anything else.

Other than this ancient and linguistic explanation of the origin of the word fuck, it also gain much notoriety from the novel Lady Chatterley’s Lover by D.H. Lawrence.   It was also used by: James Joyce, Henry Miller, and Lenny Bruce.  Many books have been banned due to this word.

Beyond this information the history is extensive and incomplete.

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