Who came up with the word “f**k”?
There are several urban-legend false etymologies postulating an acronymic origin for the word. None of these acronyms was ever heard before the 1960s, according to the authoritative lexicographical work, The F-Word, and thus are backronyms. In any event, the word **** has been in use far too long for some of these supposed origins to be possible. Some of these urban legends are:
That the word **** came from Irish law. If a couple were caught committing adultery, they would be punished “For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge In the Nude”, with “******” written on the stocks above them to denote the crime.
That it came from any of:
“Fornication Under Carnal/Cardinal Knowledge”
“Fornication Under [the] Control/Consent/Command of the King”
“Fornication Under the Christian King”
“False Use of Carnal Knowledge”
“Felonious Use of Carnal Knowledge”
“Felonious Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”
“Full-On Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”
“For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”
“Found Under Carnal Knowledge”
“Forced Unlawful Carnal Knowledge”, referring to the crime of rape.
There are unproved stories that **** arose as an abbreviation of one of the versions containing “unlawful”:
In armed forces log books , when reporting courts martial of men accused of homosexual intercourse.
On tombstones around English cemeteries, referring to being put to death for crimes against the state and the church. No such tombstone has been provably found.
Way back when…If a female was to be married. The King had the right to sleep with the new wife before the husband did. Also unwed people had to get permission from the King in order to have intercourse.
One from the kings men, who would say fluck this, as they were shooting arrows, and the other one was from the king” fornicating under the kings court.
I’m not really sure but I think its the one to do with the bow and arrows and saying fluck this as they shot the arrows.
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