tmcd at crl.com
Sun Jan 12 15:58:38 PST 1997
On Sun, 12 Jan 1997, Matthew R. Popalisky <mpopali at comp.uark.edu> wrote:
> > Since 'pluck yew' is rather difficult to say ... the difficult
> > consonant cluster at the beginning has gradually changed to a
> > labiodental fricative 'f'
> Is this true?
The jingling you're hearing is the bells on your leg as it's being
The bit I snipped above is something I *can* address: it is
emphatically *not* true. The word "fuck" has various theories as to
its derivation, but the two I've seen are
1. in Mirriam-Webster's New Collegiate, "perh. of Scand origin; akin
to Norw dial. fukka to copulate, Sw dial focka to copulate, strike,
push, fock penis; perh. akin to L pugnus fist, pungere to prick,
sting, Gk pygm<e-> fist"
2. I don't recall the details, but derived from a Germanic or Dutch
word meaning "to strike". Since Scandinavian languages are Germanic
in origin, the two derivations merge not too far back.
(BTW: if anyone tries to pawn off on you that hoary old myth about
"police blotters saying 'Fornication Under Consent of the King'", you
can tell them to shove off. *New* words *coined* as acronyms didn't
exist in English until the 20th Century. Police weren't in Britain
until the 19th Century.)
For more details about this and other urban legends, see the Urban
Legends home page, <a href="http://www.urbanlegends.com/">.
Daniel "hoping nobody is offended by a simple discussion of etymology"
Reply-To: tmcd at crl.com
tmcd at mcdaniel.dallas.tx.us is wrong tool. Never use this.
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