Swear words have a strange power over us. It starts when we are young, when they are deliciously taboo. Then, as we age, our dependence on swear words increases to the point where as an adult, we find that the magnitude of our emotions can only be captured by cursing. Yes, many of us have grown attached to swear words, but only a fraction of us actually know where they came from. What old dead languages do we have to thank for some of the best words of all time?
Definition of fuck it
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Published today by HarperCollins. You can buy it here. It's funny. Now you know what it's called, you can make up your own examples.
Last week, an image from a manuscript referencing an Abbot went viral claiming to be the first written instance of the word "fuck". As with most historical internet fodder, though, it pays to look a little closer at the fine print. Inspired by the spreading of that image last week - and hopefully to educate those of you who somehow think it actually stands for "Fornication Under Consent of the King" - history and language scholar Kate Wiles has written a piece called "On the Origin of Fuck".