What’s In A Word?

Gladly the week is over, at least for me, I have become weary of people that only react to posts from the headlines…..so this is a much needed calming time for me.

WARNING:  If you have delicate sensibilities or are offend easily then maybe you should move on for today…..

I hate to admit it but during my lengthy education I was a really poor student of English grammar (to some this will be no big surprise, huh?)….I just could get it into my head that I needed to know how to diagram a sentence….not like I would ever sit down and do this….for any reason.

First, we speak English not American, if we spoke American it would be Navajo or some other Native dialect……even to my limited mind on grammar there is a perfect word….it can be a noun, verb, adjective, adverb, etc, etc…..

Before I continue let me say that you know that some historical reference just had to be in this post, right?  Then you are correct!

The word you are looking for is…..F*CK!

Now the historical part of today’s lesson……

What’s in a name? Just a crass term that’s endured for centuries, if this holds any water. An English history researcher says he’s spotted the earliest-known “f-word” on record in court documents from 1310, the Telegraph reports. Paul Booth came upon a reference to “Roger F***ebythenavele”—likely the guy’s nickname, Booth says—while analyzing court records during the stormy rule of Edward II (1307-27). The name is “written clearly, and three times, and I think that shows it’s not a joke,” says Booth. Looks like F***ebythenavele was summoned twice to court in Cheshire, in December of 1310 and May of 1311, and finally outlawed on September 28, 1311. A court clerk might have altered the guy’s name for fun, Booth admits, but short of that he sees two explanations.

“First, that it applies to an actual event—a clumsy attempt at sexual intercourse by an ‘Inexperienced Copulator’ (my name for Roger), revealed to the world by a revengeful former girlfriend,” he tells Vice.com. “Fourteenth-century revenge porn perhaps?” Or it might be an “elaborate way of describing someone regarded as a ‘halfwit’—ie, that is the way that he would think of performing the sexual act.” Before this, the earliest f-word on record was the phrase (translated from a Latin/English mix) “…they f**k the wives of Ely” from the poem “Flen flyys,” circa 1475, Medievalists.net reports. The word has Germanic roots and is related to words that have “sexual meanings as well as meaning[s] such as ‘to strike’ or ‘to move back and forth,'” writes Jesse Sheidlower in his book The F Word.

There you have it…..the word has been part of the language since 1310…..makes OMG! pale in comparison, huh?