For unlawful carnal knowledge

What does "For unlawful carnal knowledge" mean?

Today it means: Unlawful sex

Many in the sailing community think the phrase For Unlawful Carnal Knowledge is the origin for the word fuck. It was thought to have been an acronym used on charge sheet when caught in the act. Regrettably, it’s not. It’s been around in Britain since at least the 1300’s and is most likely German in origin. Indeed Fucker is still a proud surname in Germany today. Acronyms are very much a 20th century invention.

   

By SailingQuiz September 2019   Category: Nautical Saying              



Reviews and comments

No reviews or comments on "For unlawful carnal knowledge" yet.
If you can see a problem or you want to add something to our explanation or you just want to let us know what you think, then click on the pen and papar icon above.

There are 423 other nautical phrases, sayings and sailing terms listed on this website today. "For unlawful carnal knowledge" is just one of them. Many have been around for years and have entered our everyday use; but do you know what they mean and where they came from? This is where you find out.

Nautical sayings and phrases

Why not use our sailing quiz to build your understanding of sailing terms and boat trivia whilst you tackle the questions designed to help you pass your next sailing course.

Try our Free Sailing Quiz

What does For unlawful carnal knowledge mean?

What is the nautical origin of the phrase "For unlawful carnal knowledge"?

Definition of the nautical phrase "For unlawful carnal knowledge".

SailingQuiz Works on: All platforms
Rated: 4 stars - 37 reviews.

Review SailingQuiz

Advertising for sailing professionals | SailingQuiz 0,