The f-word

Jesse Sheidlower jester at PANIX.COM
Thu Jun 3 18:38:11 UTC 2004

On Thu, Jun 03, 2004 at 02:33:26PM -0400, Wilson Gray wrote:
> FWIW, I quote from Buck's "Selected Indo-European Synonyms":
> NE fuck ... quotable in print from the early 16th cent. ...  a much
> earlier date is evidenced by the name John le Fucker quoted from 1278
> A.D.

This name has been exhaustively argued over--I could supply the
references if they weren't buried away somewhere--but the bottom
line is that it does not represent the same word as ModE _fuck_.

Jesse Sheidlower

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