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Re: Fwd: a little history lesson

Poster: Michael and MJ Houghton <herveus@access.digex.net>


Gene Bonar wrote:
> The term fuck you is not derived pluck you.  I have not gotten the docs on
> this but have reliable source that say that the word fuck was originally a
> acronym use by police in their reports when referring to public sex. The
> individual was arrested "For Unnatural Carnal Knowledge."  Don't quote me
> on this one yet I still have to pin down the source.
According to my reilable source (the Oxford English Dictionary), the word "fuck"
has been used in the sense of sexual intercourse well into period. The entry
makes no clear claims as to the etymology of the word. 

I have heard tales that justify several acronymic etymologies, including:
"For Unnatural/Unlawful Carnal Knowledge"
"Fornication Under Consent of the King"

As far as I can tell, these are all stories. I'll post a more detailed citation
from the OED if anyone cares to see it.

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