May. 11th, 2014

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May. 11th, 2014 12:01 am
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Create Your Own Urban Myth-- I Did!

Of all the bullshit explanations people come up with for things they're too lazy to find out, my favorite type is the acronym explanation. Fornication Under Consent of King, or For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge, are claimed to be the origin of the word fuck. It in fact derives from ficken, a German word meaning "hit"... which tells us more about the Germans than I, for one, wanted to know.

Anyway, I've come up with my own bullshit acronym story.

Prior to the Plague of 1665-1666, there were innumerable rats in England's swamps and mires. The plague wiped out most of the rat population, leaving open an ecological niche which was swiftly filled up by a hitherto-rare amphibian known as a "grenouille". It had been brought over by immigrants after the Norman Conquest, but remained rare. When it replaced swamp rats after the Great Fire, it was marked down as "Funny Rat, Only Green" or FROG for short.

The association with these creatures is also why the French are known as frogs.

Aren't you proud of me?


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