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On the Origin of F*ck

Kate Wiles | Posted 04.20.2014 | Books
Kate Wiles

One origin story for f*ck is that it comes from when sex was outlawed unless it was permitted explicitly by the king, so people who were legally banging had Fornication Under Consent of the King on their doors, or: F.U.C.K. But obviously that's wrong. And if you do believe that, stop it. Stop it right now.

Ten 'Modern' Words With Literary Origins

Oliver Tearle | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Oliver Tearle

If you think 'totes', 'fangirl', and 'trick out' are recent idioms, then I'm here to surprise you.

'OK' Takes Over The World: Is It OK To Say 'OK' So Much?

BBC News | Allan Metcalf | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

It crops up in our speech dozens of times every day, although it apparently means little. So how did the word "OK" conquer the world, asks Allan Metca...