The History of Motherf*cker

9 Feb

The degenerates over at Asylum have a rather entertaining piece on the etymology and history of the word “motherfucker”:

The word motherf*cker is 120 years old, according to one source, which dates its first use to a Texas court in 1889. However, a variety of valid sources suggest that the polysyllabic word’s exact birth date cannot be validated, but that it was likely born between 1900 and 1918. It spread most rapidly during World War II, a global bloodbath for which the word f*ck was obviously insufficient, and grew in strength after World War II, when soldiers, upon discharge, brought it home to their families and workplaces.

To read more about one of pop cultures favourite nouns, go here.


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