A friend recently asked me to find the etymology of this word when he disagreed with my version. From Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fuck) When I was a teenager (circa 1945), there was a discussion & somebody came up with the following (paraphrase, not exact quote) The person was circa 60-70 & claimed that his grandfather told him this etymology, which seems very reasonable. I remember reading an article which claimed that the word did not appear in any printed literature for a period of circa 150 years or more (Do not remember when this period occurred). In view of the absence of the word in printed literature for 150 years or more, the above etymology seems likely to be valid in spite of the Oxford English Dictionary claim of an uncertain etymology. Does anyone here know of the use of the word as per the above claimed Anglo Saxon etymology?