The Origins of Fuck

Neulich ging ein Bild rum, das angeblich die erste schriftliche Erwähnung des Wortes im Jahr 1628 „Fuck“ zeigt. Stimmt natürlich nicht, es gibt jede Menge Fucks vor dem 16. Jahrhundert. Historikerin und Linguistin Kate Wiles hat da mal nachgeforscht und ich überlege grade, ob John Le Fucker oder der Nachname Fuckebegger die besten Namen ever sind.

There are lots of instances of the word fuck from before the fifteenth century drifting around, some of the most notable of which are, chronologically:

- John Le Fucker (supposedly from 1278) – While excellent, this name is probably apocryphal. Since it was first written about no-one’s been able to find it and it’s generally assumed to be a mis-reading, perhaps of Tucker, or a variant on fulcher, meaning ‘soldier’. Disappointing.

- Fuckebegger (1286/7) it appears as part of the surname of one of Edward I’s palfreymen. […]

- Fockynggroue – Another place-name, from Bristol in 1373. This was shown in 2007 quite persuasively to be the earliest instance of fuck in English used to mean doing the funny downstairs business. It’s a name akin to Lovegrove rather than one which uses the Old English personal name Focca which appears in the place-name Fockbury, or from Old English Folca as in Folkestone. While the instances before this are possibly to do with getting down and nasty, this one’s pretty conclusive, and predates the Fucking Abbot by 155 years.

On the Origin of Fuck

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