Post by jombithedjinn
That's right, I said it. It's a horrible show. It's like the creators
said "hmm, how could we figure a way to take convoluted, flowery,
tonguetwisting, two-bit Shakespearre-wannabe dialogue that's completely
unrealistic and that doesn't reflect the way anyone ever talked in real
life, and cram as much into an hour as possible? Oh, and we'll throw in
the word "fuck" alot because we want to be edgy."
The obscenity fuck is a very old word and has been considered shocking from
the first, though it is seen in print much more often now than in the past.
Its first known occurrence, in code because of its unacceptability, is in a
poem composed in a mixture of Latin and English sometime before 1500. The
poem, which satirizes the Carmelite friars of Cambridge, England, takes its
title, "Flen flyys," from the first words of its opening line, "Flen, flyys,
and freris," that is, "fleas, flies, and friars." The line that contains
fuck reads "Non sunt in coeli, quia gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk." The Latin words
"Non sunt in coeli, quia," mean "they [the friars] are not in heaven,
since." The code "gxddbov xxkxzt pg ifmk" is easily broken by simply
substituting the preceding letter in the alphabet, keeping in mind
differences in the alphabet and in spelling between then and now: i was then
used for both i and j; v was used for both u and v; and vv was used for w.
This yields "fvccant [a fake Latin form] vvivys of heli." The whole thus
reads in translation: "They are not in heaven because they fuck wives of Ely
[a town near Cambridge]."