09-11-2015, 07:28 PM #1
1310 court diss F-word insult first?
Defendant in a 1310 English court case was given the nickname 'Roger
F***ebythenavele' in what historians say is first recorded use of the insult
The earliest use of the F-word discovered
Handiest word in the language.
09-11-2015, 07:40 PM #2Prior 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.
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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