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Where does it come from.


I went to a show with my daughter at the weekend and a guy there told me that F U C K dont think its rude, read on....... came from .

The king . I dont know if its true or not but apparently its fornicating under the consent of the king . hence the word F U C K . In the old days people used to have to ask consent for sexual intercorse to take place hence they used to hang a sign on the door spelling out the words which has now become our swear words.

is it tru ? does anyone have any more insight into where our swear words come from.

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think you've been overdoing those pills Michele


not one I've heard before




I think a lot are based on blasphemous words

or Anglo Saxon / Teutonic / Roman even using basic words -

I do remember reading somewhere that many words classed as rude that we have credited to the poor old Anglo Saxons aren't their responsibility at all


I will see if I can find the reference

but in the meantime

when in doubt H2G2 can also provide a wealth of useless information

an early version of Wiki





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Some of these urban legends are that the word feck came from Irish law. If a couple were caught committing adultery, they would be punished "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge In the Nude", with "feckIN" written on the stocks above them to denote the crime. Another theory is that of a royal permission. During the Black Death in the Middle Ages, towns were trying to control populations and their interactions. Since uncontaminated resources were scarce, many towns required permission to have children. Hence, the legend goes, that couples that were having children were required to first obtain royal permission (usually from a local magistrate or lord) and then place a sign somewhere visible from the road in their home that said "Fornicating Under Consent of King", which was later shortened to "feck". This story is hard to document but has persisted in oral and literary traditions for many years; however, it has been demonstrated to be an urban legend.[8]


WEll i do hope I dont get into trouble I just found it interesting how we came about these words and who made them up . Moreover who is it that decides that they are vulgar words human nature is funny

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I wondered if it may have something to do with FECUND?


I once used the word "knackered" in front of one of my ladies, and was chastised. A knacker is a man who deals with tired horses.


She did not object to me saying that she was getting stale in her job. One meaning of STALE is "urine of horses". One of my male staff said "Yeah, I'm p***** off!"



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my wife dispares at me for asking similar questions to this.


Like who was the first person to think


"See the black and white thing in that field , I'm going to give those dangly bits under its belly a good yank and drink what comes out"




"the next thing to come out of the chicken's ar5e I'm gonna throw in a pan , fry it and eat it"





Who was the first person to use the F word and to then get a clip round his ear from his mammy for swearing. How did she know it was swearing?


Why aren't other words considered swearing like Cheese or bumble bee?


I could go on , but I wont!!!!


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Once while working in some posh house I called upstairs that I needed the chippie (carpenter) the owners requested that I went upstairs to get him instead of calling out as I had upset their American visitors. It seems an American chippie is a lady of easy morals. So it also depends on your country of origin as to what constitutes swearing. (it took the carpenter a long time to live it down). John *-)
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Typical SW :D that is exactly my point who in the hell said they were swear words and who in the hell says hell is bad .


Where do they come from and if words we use are classed as swear words then how can you be classed as ignorant or a bad conversationalist just because we assume they are rude does not neccisarily follow .

who made it not a suitable adjective (one of them )


I think Dr Clooneys hit it on the head .

God us English we are suckers for not thinking outside the box . :D *-)

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When we were children, we were cuffed around the ears by our mother if she heard us calling someone a 'pig'. She said it was swearing, the correct word was 'swine'. So we grew up calling people a swine! My mother used to work on farms and so is correct as that was the term used in the early part of the twentieth century.


I guess that a swear word is one used in such a way as to offend someone else. To some, using a four letter expletive is no different to mumbling, 'erm'.



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