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Thursday, September 17, 2015

Everyone's favorite curse word is at least 705 years old (language warning)

An English historian discovered the word ‘fuck’ in a court parchment written in 1310, making it the earliest known written reference to everyone's favorite swear word.

It was used to describe a particularly dimwitted criminal who was called "Roger Fuckebythenavele," meaning "Roger, the belly-button fucker."

The earliest previous written example was from 1475 in a poem called Flen flyys, written in pidgin Latin, which has a line that reads 'fvccant vvivys of heli', meaning '…they fuck the wives of Ely.'

Medieval studies were never this much fun in college. :)

Full article, with images of the manuscript: http://www.medievalists.net/2015/09/10/the-earliest-use-of-the-f-word-discovered/