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.
On the Origin of Fuck
Where Did the F-Word Come From?
Once upon a time, the English population was decimated by the plague. The King was so concerned about the shrinking number of his subjects that he ordered his people to reproduce. K" for short--was the source of our favorite swearword. Unfortunately this story isn't true, nor is pretty much any etymology of a swearword that involves an acronym. Shit cannot be blamed on cargoes of manure exploding in the middle of the Atlantic Ship High in Transit , while the British word naff cannot be attributed to "not available for fucking. It originated as a word in the s gay slang language Polari--isn't that interesting enough? The two great exceptions are snafu situation normal: all fucked up and fubar fucked up beyond all recognition , which grew out of the military's RFA rage for acronyms in World War II.
The New Republic
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 ].
One origin story for fuck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F. So if you do believe any of that, stop it. Stop it right now. Instances of fuck before the fifteenth century are rare. If you wanted to talk about making whoopee in a dirty way, the Middle English word to use was swive.