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July 10, 2005



This is actually an entry in h2g2, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, an early attempt by the late Douglas Adams (the "dna" in the url are his initials) to compile a user-created encyclopedia on the web, named after his bestselling trilogy of novels. The idea has been successfuly executed elsewhere, in the geometrically expanding Wikipedia. The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy orginated as a radio series on the BBC, and Auntie Beeb has been kind enough to continue hosting the h2g2 encyclopedia on its servers.


I have to check it out -- sounds utterly fascinating. But I'm wondering if the origin of "fuck" is correct (not that I dare challenge experts but). I remember reading a history book (can't remember name, but it might have been on Henry VIII) where it was used in a letter or document and spelled "focke," if I'm not mistaken.

I also read somewhere that the word existed in the 16th c. and may have been derived from the Old German "ficken/fucken" (which means, to strike or penetrate). I could be wrong, but you can tell I DO love my cuss words! :)

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