Top Ten Interesting Origins of Rude WordsThere are words that just slip out in frustration these days, and nobody questions what they mean, and how they came into being. Let me enlighten you.
The Top Ten
1 Fu**: Believed to have originated from the Norwegian "fukka" or Swedish "fokka", meaning "to copulate", however introduced to Oxford Dictionary as a taboo. Two 16th Century poems introduced the current spelling, one mixed with Latin and Middle English.
Great list! [I think? ]
2 Sh**: Related to Nordic and Old English phrases for feces leaving the body, but mainly derived from Anglo-Saxon "scittan" meaning when cattle have diarrhea.
3 Arse/Ass: In the 11th Century, "arse" was used by the English to describe the hind of an animal, in particular the donkey as they were used to pull carts. By the 1400s, the term was a collective term for buttocks. "Ass" is derived from the donkey itself.
I like this very much, you intelligent funny arse - ass. Whatever. - Britgirl
4 Bi***: Originally the non-derogatory slang term for a female dog, as derived from the Old Norse: "bikkjuna". Applied as a derogatory term for women outside of their gender roles in the 1400s, and later used to describe cowardly, subordinate men.
5 Pi**: Derived from the French word "pissier", meaning "to urinate", as a noun in the 1400s. First used as an adjective to describe living conditions in the Second World War.
6 Cu**: Ancient runes show the word "kunt" in contextual description, however the term is believed to have spread through names of places, the most famous being Gropecuntlane which appears in several places. This developed as a taboo in medieval England.
7 Tw**: From Old Norse, meaning a cut or slit. Used in Old English to rhyme with hat, and a mistaken term in Robert Browning's poem Pippa Passes, which Browning assumed to be a term for nun's clothing, after reading a similar poem by an anonymous author.
If it were not for classic poetry, my swearing routine would be vastly different.
8 Damn: From classical Latin "damnum", meaning a penalty or damage, later used as a verb, meaning to judge formally. Later adopted by Christians, meaning to condemn to hell.
9 Wh***: Linked to Middle English "hore", meaning physical filth, and Proto-Germanic "horaz", a feminine term for one with desire and avarice. The latter is also based on terms for love and libido, which possibly influenced the word.
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