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Saturday, June 19, 2004

Origin of the "F" word!

One of my colleagues sent me an interesting mail which goes on about how different words and phrases in English came into existence. Here is an example:

In ancient England a person could not have sex unless you had the consent of the King (unless you were in the Royal Family). When anyone wanted to have a baby, they got consent of the King & he gave them a placard that they hung on their door while they were having sex. The placard had F.U.C.K. (Fornication Under Consent of King) on it. Now you know where that came from.

Even though it was interesting to read, I wondered whether these claims are supported by facts. As a result I decided to call up my research assistant (Google) and requested it to give me some information about this claim. Here is what it came up with for me.

It seems that there are variations of this claim, also are in existence. However after listing those variations, about.com dismisses the above claims as imaginative bunk.

Hmmm, if you haven’t heard of this four letter word before (which is highly unlikely) here is a reference from Wikipedia, which I hope will enable you to increase the usage of this word in day to day activities in appropriate contexts :-)

More reference: What's the origin of the "F" word?

posted by 88Pro / Saturday, June 19, 2004

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