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A historian claims to have found the earliest use of the word "fuck" in the English language, in court documents from the 14th century.
Dr Paul Booth, a senior research fellow at Keele University, found evidence of a man named "Roger Fuckbythenavele" from Chester county court plea rolls in 1310.
"I've been going through these magnificent records and I came across this by accident," Dr Booth explained to MailOnline. "It really does shout out at you."
An excerpt from the documents reads:
County Court of Chester, held on Tuesday after the feast of St Nicholas, 4 Edw. II, before Payn Tibotot, justiciar of Chester (8th December 1310)
A man called "Roger Fuckbythenavele" was exacted for the first time [the process preliminary to outlawry].
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