Despite it commonly being classed as one of the Anglo-Saxon four-letter words, Jesse Sheidlower author of an entire book on fuckand past editor of the OED so he knows what he's talking about suspects that it came into English in the 15th century from something like Low German, Frisian or Dutch. Campbell February 12, at Since uncontaminated resources were scarce, supposedly many towns required permission to have children. They sued, and on 26 March got permission to market the beer. Fuck isn't an Anglo-Saxon word either. Andrea Millwood Hargrave's study of the attitudes of the British public found that fuck was considered the third-most severe profanity and its derivative motherfucker second. While 'fuck' existed in English before then it was never used to mean rogering, instead it typically meant 'to strike' which was, way-back-when, related to the word that became fuck because it's a kind of hitting
Or I could be senile.
On the Origin of 'Fuck'
HC Deb 03 February vol 17 cc Archived from the original PDF on July 10, Yes, I know what pontificate means. Fornication Under Consent of the King on it. Stop it right now. Its is used for centuries. Fuck itleave it for the night shift!