A historian discovered the world’s first F-bomb
It’s become the quintessential profanity of the English language and a historian believes he has found the earliest recorded use of the infamous F word.
Dr. Paul Bloom said he accidentally stumbled upon the well-used pejorative in court documents from December 1310. The former lecturer in medieval history and research fellow at Keele University in the UK was on the hunt for records of Edward II when he noticed a man named Roger F***ebythenavele, or in a more contemporary context, Roger the navel f***er.
At first he thought it was a joke by the court’s clerk but once he saw the name written four times, he became convinced it was something more significant – etymologically speaking, that is.
“I thought it might be a clerk’s joke, but I think this is actually someone who had been given this nickname,” he told the DailyMail.com.