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Ingberman 1 Stan Ingberman Mike Wright English 111 Essay 2 Final Draft October 31, 2007 Fuck This The word fuck is considered a highly offensive word in English-speaking countries. It is banned from television and radio, and considered a taboo to many. Used on its own, it is nothing more than an exclamation, indicating disgust, pain, surprise, disappointment, anger, or fear. However, when used in context it turns into an improper word that is widely banned. Despite the word’s harmful nature, its versatility is stunning. It is one of the only words in the English language that can be used in nearly every form of speech as well as almost every word in a sentence. Its connotation ranges extensively and the etymology is disputed still to this day. The most acknowledged origin of the word is from an Anglo-Saxon poem composed around 1475, and is written in code (Wikipedia). The line that contains “fuck” reads, "Non sunt in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk,” which decoded states, “non sunt in coeli, quia fvccant vvivys of heli” (Wikipedia). The translation of this sentence is “They are not in heaven because they fuck wives of Ely” (Wikipedia). The widespread belief is that the phrase is coded to protect the writer from persecution for implying church members’ adultery. Older etymology of the word suggests possible connections to other Germanic languages. Some correlations are the German word “ficken” (to copulate), the Middle Dutch word “fokken” (to thrust, copulate, or to breed), the dialectical Norwegian word “fukka” (to copulate), and the
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Ingberman 2 dialectical Swedish word “focka” (to strike, copulate) (Wikipedia). The word was likely used as a euphemistic replacement for an older word for intercourse. There are countless false etymologies of the word which claim its origin as an acronym. One reason that it is so hard to trace etymologically is that it was used far more extensively in
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This essay was uploaded on 04/09/2008 for the course ENGL 111 taught by Professor Wright during the Winter '08 term at Columbus State Community College.

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Essay 2 Final - Ingberman 1 Stan Ingberman Mike Wright...

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