Friday, April 27, 2012

Fucking Village.... A Place Where Fucking People's Are

An street sign of the village of Fucking
In the municipal of Tarsdorf in Upper Austria, near the boarder of Germany, there's a village named Fucking (pronounced as Fooking), established since 1070 by a 6th century nobleman named Focko.

It was originaly named Vucchingen but it has since evolved to Fukching, Fugkhing and in the modern spelling Fucking in the 18th century.

An article in Urban Legends entitled "The Origin of the F-Word, some says it was an acronym for "Fornication Under Consent of the King," "Fornication Under Command of the King," "For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge," or some other variation. But in their analysis, they dismiss it as imaginative.

Further, Urban Legend says "The word fuck did not originate as an acronym. It crept, fully formed, into the English language from Dutch or Low German around the 15th century (it's impossible to say precisely when because so little documentary evidence exists, probably due to the fact that the word was so taboo throughout its early history that people were afraid to write it down). The American Heritage Dictionary says its first known occurrence in English literature was in the satirical poem "Flen, Flyss" (c.1500), where it was not only disguised as a Latin word but encrypted — gxddbov — which has been deciphered as fuccant, pseudo-Latin for "they fuck."

I chance upon this news at ABS-CBN website saying there's a campaign to change its name. And I was like "WTF, there's nothing wrong with its name as it means "a place of Focko's people", according to Fucking residents. So why change it when it was named in honor to Focko?

My curiosity got me so I embark on researching the web on any news about Fucking Village and I found out that their campaign to change its name are all but rumors.

According to Reuters, "The Austrian hamlet of Fucking is sticking to a name that has made it a magnet for English-speaking tourists, sign thieves and the stuff of Internet fame."

Franz Meindl, mayor of the town of Tarsdorf, says he dismissed news reports that residents were pushing to change the name to something less controversial such as Fuking or Fugging.

This news reminds me of a school named Inuman Elementary School in Inarawan, Antipolo. "Inuman" is a Filipino word that, of all other things, means "a drinking bout" or "place for drinking liquors".
A welcome sign of Inuman Elementary School.



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6 comments:

  1. Minsan meron talagang mga pangalan ng lugar na double meaning na halos nakakatawa na yung iba. hehehe!

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    1. Sa dami ng lengguahe, marami magkakaparehas pero iba-iba ang kahulugan.

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    2. @anney, oo. Meron ngang Bundok Susongdalaga eh. Saka Brgy. Masuso sa bulacan. HAHA lol.

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  2. lol... ngaun kn lng nalaman yn sir Armand... naalala ko tuloy may nabasa ako before na may Mt. Clitoris somewhere in Mountain province...

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  3. i read somewhere they wanted to partner with a city named DULL :-)

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  4. @Kwentongkenkay, lol, I can even read them together for fear of censorship. ahahaha
    thanks for dropping by :)

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