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In the meantime, here's something for you to read (from Facts on File Encyclopedia of Word and Phrase Origins. (Robert Hendrikson, ISBN 0-8160-3266-1, Facts on File, New York, 1997)):

"fuck. Originally a quite acceptable word, fuck was recorded in an English dictionary as early as John Florio's "A World of Words" (1598). The word doesn't derive from the police blotter entry "[booked] for unlawful carnal knowledge" as some people still believe. Our word for the act of sexual connection may remotely come from the Latin for the same, futuere, but most probably is from the Old German ficken/fucken, "to strike or penetrate," which had the slang meaning 'to copulate.' As Partridge points out, the German word is almost certainly related to the Latin words for pugilist, puncture, and prick, through the root pug, which goes back to prehistoric times. Before fuck came into English in the late 15th century, its first recorded use is in 1503, swyve was the verb most commonly used for fucking. Fuck began to become more rare in print in the 18th century when human experience began to be disguised behind a "veil of decency," and the last dictionary it was recorded in up until recent times is Francis Grose's Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue (1785), in the form of f**k. The great O.E.D. banned it, just as it banned cunt (but not prick, for some reason), and this made the word's acceptance all the harder. Though great writers like D. H. Lawrence, James Joyce, and Henry Miller tried to restore fuck to its proper place in print, it wasn't until 1960 that Grove Press in America won a court case that permitted publishers to print fuck legally for the first time in centuries. The book containing the word was D. H. Lawrence's Lady Chatterley's Lover, written in 1928.