i don’t understand why parents say ‘i’m very disappointed in you’ like i don’t care i’m very disappointed that mcdonalds doesn’t deliver but u don’t hear me complaining about it
actually in new york they deliver so whats your excuse
i live in australia and im 103% sure they don’t deliver from new york to australia so whats YOUR excuse for leaving a shitty comment on my text post
Just think, if Harry Potter made it through 1998 you can make it through today.
SHIT is from “scitte”, and apparently once referred to cattle diarrhoea. First known appearance in English: around the year 900.
BUGGER is from the French “bougre”, meaning “a Bulgarian”, because they were heretics, apparently! First known appearance in English: around 1350.
BASTARD is from the French “fils de bast” (+ard, a pejorative suffix), meaning “child of the pack-saddle”. First known appearance in English: early 1300s.
ARSE is from “ærs”, and was actually polite-ish until a few centuries ago. First known appearance in English: around 1000. “Ass” originally meant “a foolish person” by way of “donkey”, and I guess the two got conflated at some point. “Butt(ocks)” has been around since the 1300s, as has “bum”. I guess as a country we just really like talking about our bottoms (though amusingly “bottom” in that sense is from the 1800s at the latest).
FUCK is a word whose etymology is under much debate! Its first written appearance in English is in the mid-1500s. You may be pleased to know that the Oxford English Dictionary attests “fuq” as an appropriate alternative spelling, and that it also features my new favourite dictionary entry of all time:WINDFUCKER, n, a name for the kestrel: cf. windhover n.
WANKER is also of unknown origin, and probably the most recent of the popular swears. Its earliest appearance in written English is from around 1950.
CUNT is apparently Germanic in origin, though must surely have some kind of etymological link to Latin cunnus (“female pudenda”, says the Latin dictionary, delicately). Earliest appearance in written English: around the early 1300s
FRIG, though usually used as a euphemism for the more serious f-bomb these days, originally meant “to masturbate” (especially of women). The etymology is uncertain (possibly related to “fidget”) but it’s from the late 1500s. The OED cites the following charming verse of the Earl of Rochester, from 1680:
Poor pensive Lover, in this place,
Would Frigg upon his Mothers Face.
How absolutely delightful. Moving on.
A lot of these words, in fact I would guess most of them, weren’t nearly as taboo in the 14th-16th centuries as they are these days. Back then, theological curses (damn, hell, bloody, etc) were much more offensive. Sexual terms were a bit more dodgy (though I’m really sad that “swyve” has dropped out of use - it’s basically Chaucerian English for “shag”), but scatology was basically a part of life before flushing toilets existed, and the acceptable term for the loo is an interesting way of gauging how uncomfortable we are as a society with the concept of defecation (“shit-house” > “privy” > “toilet/loo” > “bathroom”).
It also amuses me that both “Dick” and “Fanny” used to be perfectly innocent names until some dirty minds in the 1800s decided they might as well be repurposed into SEXY EUPHEMISMS, because they were common male and female names respectively (see also: “John Thomas”). Just think, your name could be next.
I’ve missed out quite a few other words of note here - I didn’t really feel like reviewing all the different phallic euphemisms, given that if I got into Shakespeare we’d be here all night. Feel free to add your own in reblogs if you think I’ve missed an important one.
the best post i ever made