500-year-old manuscript contains one of earliest known uses of the “F-word”

Scotland is the home of a 500-year-old medieval manuscript containing the oldest extant written F-bomb.

“The profanity appears in a poem recorded by a bored student in Edinburgh while under lockdown as the plague ravaged Europe…. The poem is getting renewed attention thanks to its inclusion in a forthcoming BBC Scotland documentary exploring the country’s long, proud tradition of swearing, ‘Scotland—Contains Strong Language.'”

That is darn interesting.

[Jennifer Ouellette/Ars Technica]