Just how far back in history does the F-word go?
Further than we thought. A historian has discovered evidence that pushes the term back by hundreds of years. Meanwhile, researchers are finding which swears are most popular where.
Linguist Daniel Midgley drops some bombs on this episode of Talk the Talk.
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Promo with Kylie Sturgess
Dubious Facebook graphic: “People who use a lot of swear words tend to be more honest and trustworthy, human behavioural studies suggest.”
Are People who use a lot of Swear Words MORE Honest and Trust Worthy?
Ig Nobel prize for “Huh?”
ogle, oogle, oggle
What word do you use for gawking at someone in a lustful way?
Urban Dictionary: oogling
— Nancy Friedman (@Fritinancy) July 10, 2015
Learn to speak Australian, mate.
Senator told to “speak Australian” during question time
US Republican Carly Fiorina unaware that English is not the US official language
Note how many US politicians are happy to demand English-only laws
HuffPo: A F*cking Short History of the F-Word by Melissa Mohr
Etymology of ‘fuck’
1538: O d fuckin Abbott
Here’s the first recorded instance of the F-word in English
1513: Be his feiris he wald haue fukkit.
William Dunbar: “Brash of Wowing”
Google Books link
1475: Flen, flyys and freris
“Non sunt in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk.”
Language Hat: GXDDBOV XXKXZT PG IFMK.
Fleas, Flies, Friars and the World’s First F***
1310: Roger Fuckebythenavele
We Interviewed the Historian Who Just Found the Oldest Use of the Word ‘Fuck’
Fuckebythenavele: Historians uncover oldest known use of the F-word in 1310 court records
‘Fuckebythenavele’: Earliest use of famous Anglo-Saxon swearword unearthed by British historian
1278: John le Fucker (etym. dub.)
Wikipedia: John le Fucker
Jack Grieve’s swearing heatmaps
All the maps: Jack’s Twitter account
Do You Live in a “Bitch” or a “Fuck” State? American Curses, Mapped
City Seeing Resistance To New Bike Lanes, Calling It “Bikelash”
Is Bikelash Spreading to Some of the More Progressive Neighborhood Councils?
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