Johnson also had excluded the word, and fuck wasn't in a single English language dictionary from to Houghton Mifflin followed, in , with "The American Heritage Dictionary," but it also published a "Clean Green" edition without the word, to assure itself access to the public high school market. Written form attested from at least early 16c. Presumably it is a more ancient word, but one not written in the kind of texts that have survived from Old English and Middle English [September the verb appears to have been found recently in an English court manuscript from ]. Buck cites proper name John le Fucker from , but that surname could have other explanations. The word apparently is hinted at in a scurrilous 15c. The relevant line reads:.
Did the word 'fuck' originate as an acronym of the phrase 'for unlawful carnal knowledge'?
With precious few exceptions, words of acronymic origin date from the 20th century and no earlier. Though many reasonably conclude fornication is the old-time word for having sex, the term specifically excludes the physical union of man and wife. One can fornicate premaritally or extramaritally, but not intramaritally. In light of this, any claim wedded couples trying to entice the stork down their chimney were granted fornication permits crashes against the rock of the wrong word being used. According to the alt. Although German ficken may enter the picture somehow, it is problematic in having e-grade, or umlaut, where all the others have o-grade or zero-grade of the vowel. Problems with such theories include a distribution that suggests a North-Sea Germanic areal form rather than an inherited one; the murkiness of the phonetic relations; and the fact that no alleged cognate outside Germanic has sexual connotations. Further, a few scholars hold differing pet theories outside of the Germanic origin one, theories which appear to have some holes in them. Likely its meaning contributed to its precise origin becoming lost in the mists of time — scholars of old would have been in no hurry to catalogue the growth of this word, and by the time it forced its way into even the most respectable of dictionaries, its parentage was long forgotten. The earliest cite in The Oxford English Dictionary dates from
So if you do believe any of that, stop it. Stop it right now. The more you know…]. The coded example might have been an early way around actually writing it. Perhaps there were more early written examples in Scottish simply because they were less prudish about writing it. I spoke to Vox about it here. Sorry dude. But given the name of the current Prime Minister in Australia, I think the meme will continue to be popular here. Maybe a simple mistake?
Q From Heres Snijder, Canada : I remember someone telling me once, long ago, that actually the F-word is an abbreviation. The last two letters of the word were, I believe, contracted from the words Carnal Knowledge. Could you help me out here, perhaps with some additional etymological data?