The History of the Middle Finger-Fiction!
Summary of eRumor:
A story that allegedly gives the background of how we came to use the middle finger as a vulgar insult along with the alleged origin of the “F-word” (we’re a family friendly site!)
Not much needs to be said about this fanciful tale except that it’s nonsense. This is not the authoritative history of giving the “finger” or of the origin of the F-word. It’s a piece of humorous writing that has been circulated for years, apparently by some who believe that it is true.
It’s tough to narrow down where the F-word actually came from. Some sources say it dates back to the Middle English word “fucken,” which, among other things, meant to penetrate. Others say it comes from a German word, “ficken,” that means the same thing. There are also discussions about a Dutch word and even speculation about whether Shakespeare used a word that might have had something to do with it. Along with this eRumor there are also other creative suggestions that have no basis in history such as the F-word being an acronym for “Fornication Under Consent of the King” or “For the Use of Carnal Knowledge.”