A 19th Century F-Word Use

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Feb 9 02:22:19 UTC 2005

Now if they'd found it used as an "adjective of extreme contumely" in 1850 - THAT would've been something!


"Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM> wrote:
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Gene Weingarten's column, in the Washington Post for 2/6/2005 and syndicated in other newspapers, http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A55085-2005Feb1.html, reproduces an interesting use of "fucking" from the National Archives:


Weingarten indicated in an online chat today that the archivists were astonished to find the term. Presumably they brought it to his attention for use in his humor column.

John Baker

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