| Jan van Steenbergen wrote: | | > We have the same word in Dutch as well: "fok", a noun this time, | > meaning - probably - the same sort of sail (I'm not much of a | > sailorman, but it must definitely be something like that). | > I'm also quite sure that the verb "fokken" has everything to do with | > the famous English f-word; after all, they look the same, and besides, | > they mean more or less the same, or rather: one is the direct result of | > the other. | > Whether or not the words "fok" and "fokken" are etymological kins, | > that's just a matter of imagination. I have no opinion. | | Doesn't say anything about etymology though. I'd forgotten about | _fokka_. _Focka_ can mean 'fire, sack, dismiss' as well. Presumably, the German verb "ficken" shares a common origin?