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    Prior to Dr. Booth’s discovery, the previous earliest use of the word was in them poem Flen flyys, written around 1475. It had a line that read “fvccant vvivys of heli”, a Latin/English mix meaning “…they **** the wives of Ely”. Historians have come across earlier uses of the word in medieval England, but have doubted that it was being used as a sexual reference. For example, the name John le F***** appears in 1278, but this likely could be just a different spelling for the word ‘fulcher’ which means soldier.
    from second link above; from the first:

    Dr Booth told dailymail.com the find was entirely accidental.

    'One of my current projects is looking at records of Edward 2nd, a time of great turmoil.

    'I've been going through these magnificent records, and I came across this by accident - it really does shout out at you.'
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