When was the f-word 'invented'? Who invented it? Has it always had the derogatory meaning that it does today. Is it a recent invention?
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Wikipedia has this:
Etymonline offers further insight:
As per the origin of the word, the NOAD reports that:
I found interesting information on The Origin of the F-Word
I am guessing in 1960, its pejorative meaning got some traction
My childhood experience is that a number of American swearwords found their earliest (American) use in World War II, by soldiers under wartime pressures. They then brought these words home and introduced them to their children, members of the so-called "Baby Boom."
protected by RegDwigнt♦ Jul 12 '11 at 10:55
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