This is a matter of idle curiousity, having no chance of resulting in making money or advancing any worthy cause. Perhaps 50 years ago, I read or was told a plausible etymology for f**k.There was a very old Anglo Saxon method of planting certain crops. A hand held pointed tool was used to make a hole in in the ground. Seeds were dropped in and the hole was stepped on to close it up. The first part or all of this method was called f**king. I have never been able to find a citation validating this etymology. It is possible that the true etymology has been lost. I forgot where I found the following. The taboo was so strong that for 170 years, from 1795 to 1965, fuck did not appear in a single dictionary of the English language. In 1948, the publishers of The Naked and the Dead persuaded Norman Mailer to use the euphemism "fug" instead, resulting in Dorothy Parker's comment upon meeting Mailer: "So you're the man who can't spell fuck." The root is undoubtedly Germanic, as it has cognates in other Northern European languages: Middle Dutch fokken meaning to thrust, to copulate with; dialectical Norwegian fukka meaning to copulate; and dialectical Swedish focka meaning to strike, push, copulate, and fock meaning penis. Both French and Italian have similar words, foutre and fottere respectively. These derive from the Latin futuere. While these cognates exist, they are probably not the source of fuck, rather all these words probably come from a common root. Reputable sources such as the Oxford English Dictionary contend the true etymology is still uncertain, but appears to point to an Anglo-Saxon origin that in later times spread to the British colonies and worldwide. The last sentence above provides minimal support for the etymology I encountered so long ago. Does anyone here have any infomation relating to the above.