First known use of the F word was in Medieval England: researcher
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The first known use of the F bomb was in medieval England almost 1,000 years ago.


Paul Booth, an English history researcher at Keele University in the United Kingdom found the earliest known use of the word in medieval court documents, according to Medievalists.net.

The word was used as a likely nickname for someone called "Roger F*ckebythenavele." Booth does not believe it to be the man's real surname, but believes it was a derogatory nickname. The name appears in court rolls beginning in December 1310.

"I suggest it could either mean an actual attempt at copulation by an inexperienced youth, later reported by a rejected girlfriend, or an equivalent of the word 'dimwit, ' i.e. a man who might think that that was the correct way to go about it," Booth said, according to the site.

The F word is of Germanic origin and has related words in Dutch, German and Swedish.

Before Booth's discovery, the earliest known use of the word was in a poem written in both English and Latin called Flen flyys, according to Medievalists. The line reads, "fvccant vvivys of heli," which translates to, "they f*ck the wives of Ely."