It’s probably the second most famous four-letter word in the English language. People drop this bomb all the time. My question is, where the F—ck did it come from? I took to the World Wide Web for some answers. Unfortunately, I didn’t get anything definitive – just a bunch of urban legends and a Wiki post. So which one is correct? You be the F—ing judge.
GOD ASK THE KING?
In ancient England (the 1500s), the Royals ruled all. They even had power over a commoner’s sex life. If you and the Mrs. wanted to TRY to have a baby you literally had to get consent from the King. If he approved, you’d get an official placard for the door. Sorta like a medieval “Do Not Disturb” sign. Except this one had the F-acronym, which stood for Fornication Under Consent of the King. Most historians believe this to be false and somwhat disturbing.
THE HOOKER STARTED IT.
Here’s acronym number deuce, and probably the most famous. It was used a couple of centuries later in colonial times. This time the F-bomb stood for – For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge. It simply meant that you could be punished for prostitution or partaking in the prostitutes. All the guilty involved were locked in the stocks. Then this acronym was plastered all over. The F-term served as a warning to any future sexual deviants (with cash to burn). Again, historians are doubtful about this being the true origin. Still, it is one of the better Van Hagar albums.
CHARTER? I HARDLY KNEW HER.
This F-one dates back all the way to 772 A.D. A version of the F-word was actually found in an Anglo Saxon charter. The document was about some king granting land to a bishop. One of the legalese terms used was Fuccerham. Scholars think this word may have referred to a stud animal (the breeder) or a very mean guy.
GREEK, LATIN OR GERMAN TO ME.
Last and most likely, is that the F-curse simply evolved from other earlier languages. Possibly words in old Greek, Latin or Germanic that referred to copulation or striking someone. The top candidates include Flicken, Futuere or Phyo.