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The monks who f*ccant
In Rome the term ‘futuo’, or ‘f*ck’, wasn’t always a bad thing – ‘One who f*cks’ was proudly scribbled on many a brothel wall. The worst insult a Roman man could dish out to another was not so much the word ‘f*ck’, but to threaten them with sexual assault or accuse them of being sexually submissive to women.
One of the earliest English references to ‘f*ck’ may have been the registry entry for a proud 14th-century Chester lad named Roger F*ckbythenavel. However, the first time it was applied to literature may have been a 1475 poem damning monks who ‘f*ccant’ women around the monastery. While Shakespeare never used primary obscenities, his contemporary Ben Jonson employed the graceful term ‘windf*cker’.