ETIMOLOGIE, bre. Episodul FUCK

Aprilie 22, 2008 § Lasă un comentariu

  • a difficult word to trace, in part because it was taboo to the editors of the original OED when the „F” volume was compiled, 1893-97. Written form only attested from early 16c. OED 2nd edition cites 1503, in the form fukkit; earliest appearance of current spelling is 1535. The earliest examples of the word otherwise are from Scottish, which suggests a Scandinavian origin, perhaps from a word akin to Norw. dial. fukka „copulate,” or Swedish dial. focka „copulate, strike, push,” and fock „penis.”
  • In 1948, the publishers of „The Naked and the Dead” persuaded Norman Mailer to use the euphemism fug instead. When Mailer later was introduced to Dorothy Parker, she greeted him with, „So you’re the man who can’t spell ‘fuck‘ „. Hemingway used muck in „For whom the Bell Tolls” (1940). The major breakthrough in publication was James Jones’ „From Here to Eternity” (1950), with 50 fucks (down from 258 in the original manuscript). Intensive form mother-fucker suggested from 1928; motherfucking is from 1933 . Fuck-all „nothing” first recorded 1960. Verbal phrase fuck up „to ruin, spoil, destroy” first attested c.1916. „Flying fuck” originally meant „have sex on horseback” and is first attested c.1800 in broadside ballad „New Feats of Horsemanship.”
  • For the unkillable urban legend that this word is an acronym of some sort (a fiction traceable on the Internet to 1995 but probably predating that) see here.
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