The granddaddy of all swears. The one your parents really warned you the most about. And yet, it's the one everyone is most drawn to. There is nothing quite as satisfying as yelling a quality "F-Bomb." But where in the frack did this wonderful word come from? Let's take a look at frappin' history and separate the myth from the reality.
When I was a teenager, Van Halen released a record called "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge." The acronym is obvious and hilarious to a 15-year-old, trust me. Quickly, word spread through my school that this acronym was, in fact, the origin of the word it spells. For many years, I stood by this, it made so much sense! It's a grand origin for a grand fecking word! It sounds legal, it sounds reasonable, it sounds fargging amazing! It had to be true. But, alas, according to effing SNOPES, it's not. WTF! Where does the flamin' word come from?
The first known use of the word as a word to describe coitus dates back the 15th century. The English word probably came from a northern European, Germanic language, like German or Dutch. Before the 15th Century, it was used as it would have been in its original language, probably meaning "to strike." Then in 1513, a Scottish poem by the poet W. Dunbar used the word. It's probably NOT of Scottish because the fudgin' English didn't think highly enough to "borrow" words from the Scottish, instead it's possible that the forking Scottish were just crude enough to actually write down a word that had already, for many years, been used informally, outside the delicate freaking ears of polite company.
The most common source cited in English history is in the margin notes of a manuscript by an English Monk in 1528. The Monk wrote it to express something about an abbot that he was clearly unhappy with. Experts aren't sure whether the monk was referring to the Monk's sexual proclivities or if he was simply exasperated by the Abbot for something else, as both could apply, ffs.
What we also fracking know is that the F-word is one frappin' amazing freakin' word. F-Yeah!
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