A former lecturer in medieval history at Keele University in the UK, Dr. Paul Bloom, claims to have found the first f—k in recorded history.
According to the New York Post, he accidentally found the expletive in court documents from December 1310. Looking for records on Edward II, he came across a man who went by the name Roger Fuckebythenavele [modern translation: “navel f—er”].
At first he thought it was a joke, but he then realized it was something more etymologically significant, reported the Post.
“I thought it might be a clerk’s joke, but I think this is actually someone who had been given this nickname,” he told the DailyMail.com.
Unsure of its exact meaning, he had two theories behind this unfortunate title, the paper said.
“Either it refers to an inexperienced copulator, referring to someone trying to have sex with the navel, or it’s a rather extravagant explanation for a dimwit, someone so stupid they think that this is the way to have sex,” he said.
According to Bloom, his discovery could likely be the earliest found use of the word in the manner in which it is commonly used today, the Post reported, adding that Bloom has alerted the Oxford English Dictionary about his discovery.
“It’s up to them what they will do,” he said.