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  •  Could you give the cite (3+ / 0-)

    for your origin of Fuck?  I have seen various works which assert 1) the word is Dutch and crossed the Channel around the mid 16th century 2) It is Anglo-Saxon dating to about the 8th or 9th century 3) it is middle English (based on the earliest appearance in writing).

    I have not seen linguists assert it was transferred from Latin  to Germanic languages and thence to English and the absence of Spanish, French and Italian equivalents cast doubt on this.  Not after giving you a hard time, but if I had the cite I would look it up later.

    My vote personally goes to #2 of the above

    Its better to be over the hill than under it

    by Tonga 23 on Sun Mar 20, 2011 at 05:34:25 PM PDT

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