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Advertising acronyms Administration in people who have been assigned 2 times rates people in 20 Claims of origin in Dispatch Fofocado in networks that supposedly should be of origin created by Dispatch of Foo. sexual relations. But this is false. The word has Latin etymology, without any relation to the supposed Portuguese acronym.
“Did you know that in the old days in Portugal, due to the low birth rate, people were forced to have relationships: ‘Mandatory Fornication by Administrative Dispatch’ = acronym FODA Hence the origin of the word FODA”says one of the publications in twitter. Similar content also circulates on Facebook (1, two).
Other publications (1, two, 3) also mention that the words “Cum”in English, and “handjob” to have originated from the acronyms “Fornication under the King’s Consent” (“Fornication under the King’s Consent”in English) and “Unilateral Process of Hormonal Normalization by Temporary Self-Induced Stimulation”.
To Checamos, the professor at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) and PhD in Linguistics Mario Alberto Perini stated that this etymology is “pure fantasy”. The term “fuck”according to the professor, it has Latin origins.
The teacher explains that the word is a nominalization of “forage”which comes from Latin “future”and turned into spanish “fucker”in French “four”and in Italian “strong” – all of them with a meaning similar to what it has “fuck/fodder” in english, with sexual denotation or else of “end up with”unrelated to the expression “Mandatory Fornication by Administrative Order”as an indication as viral.
Also professor at UFMG and PhD in Philology and Portuguese Language César Nardelli Cambraia Indicated to Checamos, in 2020, an origin similar to that stated by Perini, emphasizing that a query to the Houaiss Dictionary is enough to verify that such etymology is false.
In fact, a search Houaiss dictionary – which shows, among other specifications, the meaning and etymology of the words – points to the origin, in the case of “fuck”the Latin word “futuere, in the sense of ‘having carnal relations with a woman’”.
The Etymological Dictionary of the Portuguese Language, by Antônio Geraldo da Cunha, whose partial visualization is available on Google, also indicates, in the page 297that the origin of the term comes from the Latin “future”.
Regarding the second supposed acronym, “handjob”which according to publications would have originated from the phrase “Unilateral Process of Hormonal Normalization by Temporary Self-Induced Stimulation”Professor Perini indicates that it arises from the word “’fist’, let’s say the instrument used in this activity; ‘fist’ is from the Latin ‘pugnum’; the derivative ‘punheta’ seems to me to be a typical formation of Portuguese; there is no parallel form in Spanish”.
The professor also points out that this expression occurs in Portugal and “through the settlers in east africa it passed to swahili, where a handjob is called ‘ponheto’”.
The Houaiss dictionary also indicates that the term “handjob” originates from the composition element “pug-“from Latin “fish”which means fist, punch, punch.
“The form ‘fuck’ is a regressive derivation of the verb ‘to fuck’ and the form ‘jerk’ is a suffixal derivation of the noun ‘fist’. Always be wary of fanciful etymologies, especially if they are based on acronyms.”concluded Cambraia.
“Fornication under the consent of the king”?
The explanation of the possible “Cum” is an old urban legend that has been circulating for decades, according to Jesse Sheidlower, lexicographer and author of “The F Word”a book that traces the origin of the word and its evolution over the centuries.
Contacted by AFP on July 10, 2020, Sheidlower explained that the first known record of the second “Cum” would be an acronym appeared on February 15, 1967 in the New York newspaper The East Village Others. In this, the acronym was presented as published “For Illegal Carnal Knowledge” (“For Illegal Carnal Knowledge”in Portuguese).
The version presented in the viral publications, “Fornication under the King’s Consent”first appeared in a letter addressed to Playboy magazine in 1970, according to the linguist.
But in reality, the word comes from the Germanic languages. “There are many theories about its origins in French, Latin, Old Norse, and even Egyptian, which is the least likely). Most likely ‘fuck’ from ‘fokken’, a Low German word meaning ‘to beat’”description Kate Wilesmedievalist and editor-in-chief of History Today magazine, in an interview given to AFP also in July 2020.
“Cum”used with a sexual connotation, it would have appeared in the English language between the beginning of the 14th century, as indicates the North American Merriam-Webster dictionary, and the end of the 15th century, when it is found “the first recorded example”according to Jesse Sheidlower.
The explanation of the origin of “Cum” as an acronym it is not only false but also anachronistic. “English acronyms are exceptionally rare before the 1940s”, indicates Sheidlower. generally, the origin of English words that come from acronyms (such as “diving” or “radar”) this is how they appear “and the acronym is not used decades, or centuries, later as an afterthought”adds the lexicographer.