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Friday, March 26, 2010

The "F Word" - Blame it on the Germans!

A little trivia before the weekend. I read this on MSN:

"The F word dates back centuries, according to an article on Discovery's website. Lexicographer Jesse Sheidlower told Discovery that the Germanic word's root meant, 'to move back and forth.' Sheidlower should know -- he wrote a book on it.

Its meaning changed over the centuries, eventually showing up in obscene contexts -- poems and other literary masterpieces, crisis situations, Tarantino movies, stand-up comedy shows and garden variety home repair mishaps."

(By Jonathan Lloyd


  1. Leave it to the Germans...and leave it to Christa to come across this trivia. :) My mother used to say there are times when you just have to use the F word (or other four letter word) like when you stub your toe and I wholeheartedly agree with her!

    Although this is about definitions, there's a site where you can build your vocabulary and donate rice to feed the hungry. It's really fun!

  2. I forgot all about the rice donation. Thanks, Diane, for reminding me.